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Initial change to commerical aviation are noted in a post-Brexit Europe


HENCEFORTH connectivity between EU and UK airports for passengers and goods come under new arrangements now that Britain is out of the European Union, reports Greek Travel Pages.

UK carriers will be able to fly across the territory of the EU without landing; make technical stops in the territory of the EU for non-traffic purposes; and carry passengers and/or cargo on any routes between a given point in the UK and a point in the EU.

But UK airlines no longer participate in the fully liberalised EU aviation market, meaning that they will no longer be considered as EU carriers and will lose old traffic rights.

They can no longer operate flights between EU destinations based on UK-issued licence. They can no longer perform onwards carriage services between the UK and two other member states (e.g. Manchester-Munich-Warsaw).

They will not be allowed to operate passenger flights onwards between the UK, a Member State and a third country (e.g. London-Amsterdam-Bangkok)

UK air carriers wishing to fly under the new EU-UK agreement will have to comply with certain conditions, such as holding a valid licence from the UK's competent authorities, having their principal place of business in the UK and being majority UK-owned and controlled. UK carriers that are majority UK-/EEA- and/or Swiss-owned and controlled at the end of the transition period may also continue to operate.

EU carriers will have to respect similar conditions on licences and principal place of business and continue to comply with EU requirements on EU/EEA/Switzerland majority ownership and control.

Regarding the end of free movement for persons, UK citizens will no longer have the freedom to work, study, start a business or live in the EU. They will need visas for long-term stays in the EU. Border checks will apply, passports will need to be stamped, and EU pet passports will no longer be valid for UK residents.

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