Brexit Crisis averted?

Keith Nuthall wades through the 1,200-page Brexit deal for AIR International to establish the key aviation impact within the UK/EU divorce papers

Ahead of the Christmas Eve 2020 agreement, there was anxiety within the aviation industry about the impact of a ‘no-deal’ scenario 
Copenhagen Airport

While the UK’s exit from the European Union (EU) continues to bring change to civil aviation across Europe, extensive air industry provisions mean that significant disruption has so far been avoided. Within the 1,256-page EU/UK trade and co-operation agreement settled on Christmas Eve 2020, aviation has its own special 26-page section within the deal (from page 237) and there is also a 15-page annex that specifically covers airworthiness certification.

This work has been recognised by the International Air Transport Association (IATA), which said the agreement addressed the “significant implications for aviation” associated with Brexit and “settled most of these issues.”

“Passengers should not notice significant impediment to their travel between the UK and EU after December 31, 2020,” said an IATA note, barring COVID-19 restrictions unrelated to the UK’s departure from the bloc. Such health-related flight restrictions are mandated by the deal and have already been invoked.

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