The would-be MP for Bristol West James Cox wrote to Bristol Live to warn a no-deal Brexit would cause further planes flying to and from Bristol Airport to be grounded.
Mr Cox’s response comes after Flybmi ceased operations, citing Brexit – and the economic uncertainty it has brought to companies – among its reasons for failure.
A company spokesperson said: “The airline has faced several difficulties, including recent spikes in fuel and carbon costs, the latter arising from the EU’s recent decision to exclude UK airlines from full participation in the Emissions Trading Scheme.
“These issues have undermined efforts to move the airline into profit. Current trading and future prospects have also been seriously affected by the uncertainty created by the Brexit process, which has led to our inability to secure valuable flying contracts in Europe and lack of confidence around bmi’s ability to continue flying between destinations in Europe.”
They added the situation mirrors wider difficulties facing the regional airline industry as a whole.
Responding to reports flights from Bristol Airport were cancelled, James Cox, said: “Flybmi is yet another casualty of this government’s chaotic handling of Brexit.
“The uncertainty caused by the government talking up the possibility of no deal Brexit, amongst other factors, has caused a significant economic impact on companies like Flybmi who rely on a continued frictionless relationship with the European Aviation Safety Agency,” said the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate for Bristol West.
“A no-deal Brexit would cause flights to be grounded at Bristol Airport, putting thousands of local jobs at risk.
“It is time to end the uncertainty and embarrassment and give the public the final say through a people’s vote, with the option of keeping the deals we have now.”