UK and US agree on post-Brexit open skies deal

The new arrangement will replace the existing EU aviation deal with the United States

While the post-Brexit arrangements remain uncertain in various sectors, it is now clear that airlines will continue flying between the United Kingdom and the United States in the same way as under current EU regulations.

Passengers travelling between UK and US will have a similar use as under the EU regulations — 1000 Words / Shutterstock While the post-Brexit arrangements remain uncertain in various sectors
Passengers travelling between the UK and US will have similar rules as under the EU regulations — 1000 Words / Shutterstock

According to the UK’s Department for Transport (DfT), the two countries have managed to reach a new open skies agreement.

The deal, announced by the British transport secretary Chris Grayling on Wednesday, will replace the existing European Union aviation arrangement with the United States once the UK leaves the union.

Not only is the new open skies deal expected to guarantee the continuation of the vital transatlantic routes used by tens of millions of passengers a year, it will also protect a $64 billion trading relationship between the two countries that is supported by air travel.

It should also ensure that the UK will remain one of the world’s leading aviation hubs after Brexit for both travellers and businesses.

UK already has similar deals with 8 other countries including Switzerland — Shutterstock While the post-Brexit arrangements remain uncertain in various sectors
The UK already has similar deals with 8 other countries including Switzerland — Shutterstock

“The UK and United States have a special relationship which has helped shape the modern world and there is no better example of this than in aviation,” said the UK’s transport secretary Chris Grayling.  

“Our transatlantic flights have helped to bring our countries even closer together, strengthening our ties and boosting our economies.”

The new US aviation deal is one of nine new bilateral arrangements the British government has already concluded with countries around the world to keep British planes in the air, such as Georgia, Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo, Israel, Morocco and Switzerland.

According to the DfT, the government will now work closely with industry to continue to look for opportunities to expand the UK’s global aviation network even further. The department says it is close to securing a similar deal with Canada.

“This new arrangement and those concluded with 8 other countries around the world are proof that the UK will continue to be a major player on the world stage after we leave the EU,” Grayling said.