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BBT March/April 2018
March/April 2018
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MPs call for swift post-Brexit aviation deals

The majority of MPs believe post-Brexit air service deals with EU and international countries should be a top priority for the government.

A study on behalf of the Airport Operators Association (AOA) found that 86 per cent of MPs agree the UK’s international air connectivity is “more important than ever before”, following the decision to leave the EU.

MPs also agreed that to ensure the continuity of air services between the UK, the EU, and other countries like the USA and Canada, agreeing new air services agreements with these countries should be at the top of the government’s list of priorities.

The AOA said if there is no such agreement by the time the UK leaves the EU, the UK’s connectivity will be “undermined” and its ability to trade will be made “significantly more difficult”.

Chairman of the AOA, Ed Anderson said: “The UK was the driving force behind the open and liberal approach to air connectivity within the EU and between the EU and countries like the US and Canada. This move away from the old, restrictive approach to aviation has benefited consumers and businesses alike: more destinations are served from the UK more frequently and at lower fares.

“It is important that UK families going on holiday and businesspeople seeking out new trade opportunities can continue to enjoy the benefits we see today of an open aviation market.

“It is good to see MPs recognise this and believe, like the AOA does, that the UK Government should prioritise new aviation agreements. This will ensure that the legal framework for aviation links with the EU, the US and other countries seamlessly continues once the UK leaves the EU. We look forward to working with the Government to make the case at home and abroad for a deal that works for everyone.”

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