Cyprus Mail
Americas Brexit Britain Europe World

Britain and U.S. sign aviation deal for post-Brexit flights

Britain and the United States have signed a deal for the continuation of flights between the two countries as the UK prepares for the end of its transition period with the European Union.

The deal, called the Air Services Agreement, was reached in November 2018, and signed on Tuesday by UK transport minister Grant Shapps after being signed last week by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.

“This agreement will establish the legal framework for passengers and cargo to keep flying between our two great nations,” Pompeo said on Twitter.

Chao called the agreement “historic,” adding that it is set to take effect Jan. 1.

Britain left the EU earlier this year but in practice remains covered by EU agreements and rules until the transition period finishes at the end of this year.

The newly signed agreement allows the two countries to continue existing operations as they did under the EU-U.S. open skies deal, although flying between them is currently at a very low level due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Before COVID-19, tens of millions of passengers a year traveled between the countries, contributing to a trading relationship with the U.S. worth over 230 billion pounds ($300 billion), the UK’s Department for Transport said in a statement.

British Airways, part of IAG, and Virgin Atlantic, two UK-based airlines that fly trans-Atlantic routes, have called on the two governments to work together to agree to a testing regime to allow travel to recover during the pandemic.

Related Posts

Violence escalates in India’s northeast after forces mistakenly fire on civilians -officials

Reuters News Service

Omicron variant found in at least 15 US, states, total in UK rises to 246

Reuters News Service

Western countries express concern over Afghan reprisals, Taliban reject accusations

Reuters News Service

U.S. reluctance to lift all sanctions main obstacle to reviving 2015 pact – Iranian official

Reuters News Service

Don’t exploit migrants for politics, Pope says on refugee island

Reuters News Service

Indonesia Semeru volcanic eruption kills 13; dozens injured

Reuters News Service