CORK Airport has published a comprehensive guide for passengers relating to what will happen if a no-deal Brexit is to occur.
An increase in flight delays and cancellations are, at present, looking unlikely if the UK is to leave Europe without a deal.
The airport has assured passengers flying into and from the airport that: “A no-deal Brexit is not expected to have any impact on flight operations at Cork Airport.”
In a proactive strategy adopted by the EU, new laws have been established to ensure that flights between the UK and Ireland will continue to operate as normal even if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
The UK has also pledged to mirror this agreement.
Should the UK leave the European Union without a deal on October 31, many passengers have asked Cork Airport what queue UK passport holders should use at airport immigration.
To simplify the process and avoid delays, Cork Airport has decided that UK passport holders will continue to be processed through the EU channel, however, signage will now read, ‘EU/UK channel’.
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, passengers arriving from UK airports must use the red or green customs channels if they need to make a customs declaration.
Irrespective of their nationality, these passengers will be prohibited from using the blue channel post Brexit.
Cork Airport has also stated that Revenue Commissioners staff who manage customs at the airport will be on hand to help passengers and to deal with any queries that may arise.
In the event of a no-deal Brexit, there will also be a return of duty-free shopping on alcohol and tobacco products.
However, the Irish Government has said that under a no-deal Brexit only alcohol and tobacco will duty-free for passengers on flights to the UK. Perfume and cosmetics would not be included.
The duty-free allowances for alcohol and tobacco are likely to be the same as those currently in place for non-EU countries.
At present, passengers are permitted to fly with 200 cigarettes or 100 cigarillos or 50 cigars or 250g of smoking tobacco; 1 litre of spirits; 2 litres of liqueur, port or sherry; 4 litres of wine, and 16 litres of beer of purchased duty-free products.
"The Loop at Cork Airport will continue to offer Ireland’s best deals for beauty and cosmetics for all passengers, regardless of their final destination, with prices that are at least 15% cheaper than downtown stores," Cork Airport said.
Another area of concern flagged by Irish and UK passengers is security.
Cork Airport has stated that it does not anticipate any changes for British passengers or for any other nationalities travelling to the UK from Cork Airport if a no-deal Brexit occurs.
Passengers will still be expected to comply will all the currently existing security processes and requirements.
Another point worthy of note is that the Common Travel Area (CTA) between Ireland and Britain and its associated benefits will remain intact, even if the outcome is no-deal.
Under the CTA, Irish and UK citizens can move freely and live in either jurisdiction and enjoy associated rights and entitlements.
Within this, some airlines permit Irish passengers to use a driving licence in place of a passport for identification when travelling to Britain.
Although the CTA will remain in operation whatever the Brexit outcome, passengers have been advised to check with their airline to clarify the type of identification the airline requires and should travel with their passport if there is any uncertainty.