Europe's biggest airlines are conspiring to punish UK rivals after Britain leaves the EU.
In a move that would result in rocketing fares and fewer flights for British passengers, some of the Continent's biggest carriers are advocating a tough post-Brexit aviation deal.
Leaked briefing documents seen by the Daily Mail show they want British airlines to be treated as 'third country citizens' in a move that would severely reduce the number of routes they can operate within the EU.
Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, pictured suggested German and French airlines were lining up to 'shaft' British Airways and EasyJet as a result of the Brexit process
European airlines such as Lufthansa want to stop their British rivals from flying between EU destinations following Brexit which would restrict their access to the market
Germany's Lufthansa, French-owned KLM and TAP Portugal are among the foreign carriers that have backed the briefing – which pushes for the UK to lose its coveted 'cabotage' rights that enable airlines to fly freely in and around the EU.
EasyJet, Jet2 and Monarch would not be able fly within or between EU countries.
The European airlines are also pushing for the UK to be granted an aviation agreement similar to those of Israel and Morocco, conferring only 'third party' status.
In these cases, EU states decide who can fly, how many flights can be operated and where passengers can fly to.
James Daley, of Fairer Finance, said: 'This is just another trap that the British Government are going to have to navigate as they proceed with their Brexit negotiations. It's up to the Government to ensure that they negotiate a fair deal which protects the interest of British citizens.'
Japan's prime minister said yesterday he had full confidence in the UK economy and would ‘work quickly’ on a post-Brexit trade deal.
Shinzo Abe told the chiefs of Japan’s top firms that Britain would remain a ‘compelling’ place to do business.
Speaking alongside Theresa May in Tokyo, he said: ‘I have trust in the UK