Today, the United Kingdom said that it would match an offer that was tabled by the European Union in order to protect the flying rights of airlines in the event of a no-deal Brexit. It tackles one of the main concerns that the planes could be grounded and result in travel chaos.
The Department for Transport said that the government of the United Kingdom was still working to secure a withdrawal and transition deal with the European Union, however, it said that as part of its preparations for all the eventualities, it had agreed to reciprocate the plans of Brussel.
The EU executive has proposed permitting the airlines of Britain to fly to and from the airports of the European Union for 12 months after the 29th of March, assuming that the United Kingdom offered equivalent rights to the EU airlines.
Today, the United Kingdom said that for the 12 month period, it intended to grant the air carriers of the bloc a level of access to Britain that is at least equivalent to the rights that would be granted to the UK airlines under the regulation of the European Union.
It stated: “This includes traffic rights, ownership and control, leasing of aircraft, cooperative marketing arrangements and fair competition.”
It said that it would also go further and allow its member state airlines to operate wholly within the United Kingdom for the IATA summer season 2019, which is scheduled to end on the 27th of October 2019, in order to maintain the connections between regional bases.
Michael O’Leary, the boss of Ryanair, had been vocal in warning that the planes could be grounded if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union without a deal. On the other hand, EasyJet, its rival, has established a new airline in Austria in order to protect its rights.