The UK government has warned that there can be disruption to air travel from UK to other European countries because if there is a no-deal Brexit.
This was revealed in the latest set of documents that lists how key industries of the UK would be affected in case of a no deal Brexit.
The document said that the scenario could also impact bus and coach services to EU countries.
The UK government is pressing for the EU and the UK to accept the transport standards of each other. But such acceptance has not yet come from the EU and it would stop recognising UK transport safety standards in case of a no deal Brexit.
“If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place, UK and EU licensed airlines would lose the automatic right to operate air services between the UK and the EU without seeking advance permission,” the UK government said.
According to the document, the UK “would envisage” the allowing of continued operations of EU airlines and “we would expect EU countries to reciprocate in turn”.
“It would not be in the interest of any EU country or the UK to restrict the choice of destinations that could be served, though if such permissions are not granted, there could be disruption to some flights,” it added.
This warning is a worst case scenario and it does not translate into a scenario where all flights would be grounded the day Brexit without a deal happens.
The European Commission has said a “bare bones” aviation agreement with the UK would be put in place to enable the flight of planes and to ensure a minimum standard of passenger safety, said he Airlines UK, which is a body comprised of 13 UK-registered carriers.
There is an expectation among the airlines that an agreement on aviation would be reached between the UK and the EU, said Tim Alderslade, the industry body’s chief executive.
“Whilst we don’t support a no-deal Brexit, we welcome that both the UK and the EU are proposing in this event a minimum agreement that would cover flight and safety requirements for the benefit of both passenger and cargo services,” he said.
A call to the UK to remain a member of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has been given by ADS Group, a trade that represents the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industry. The UK’s the Civil Aviation Authority and the EASA should talk with each other so that some of the complex issues related are resolved and flights are not halted, the body said.
Flights from UK to other 17 non-EU countries, such as the US, Canada, Switzerland and Iceland, operate seamlessly because of UK’s status as a member of the EU.
The guidance states that “replacement arrangements will be in place before exit day”.
The UK government has said that the country has already etched out agreements with some of these countries and is “confident the remaining agreements will be agreed well in advance of the UK leaving the EU”.
(Adapted from BBC.com)