On 31st January 2020 the UK exited from the EU. Negotiations are ongoing but the future relationships after the UK’s exit remain unclear. The UK has the largest aviation industry in Europe, and its geographical position in the network is key, with around 80% of all North Atlantic traffic passing through the UK or Irish controlled airspace. Changes to the relationship between the UK and the EU could potentially have considerable implications for all players in this important aviation market.
Numerous stakeholders in the aviation sector continue to call for greater political certainty to enable contingency plans to be developed. In response to this, IATA commissioned a report from Taylor Airey, a consultant specializd in transport.
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Looking at the main areas of Brexit's impact on UK aviation
The paper considers a number of topics that are critical to airlines successfully ‘doing business’:
- Flight operations and safety – safety and security framework - the future role of EASA, Air Traffic Management and the Single European Sky (SES);
- Air Services Agreements – future EU-UK and UK-Third country agreements;
- Border Management – Customs and Immigration processes at the EU/ UK border;
- Aviation Security – future recognition of common standards;
- Ground Operations – market competitiveness at UK airports;
- Slot Process – future slot management rules;
- Consumer Protection – passenger rights, fare transparency, and, Passengers with Reduced Mobility (PRMs);
- Environment and the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS);
- Labor Market – cross-border movement of aviation skills.
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