News World U.S., UK reach new post-Brexit deal on air services

U.S., UK reach new post-Brexit deal on air services

The United States and Britain have reached a deal on a new open skies aviation agreement to govern air travel after the UK exits the European Union, the two governments said on Wednesday.

The deal “will guarantee the continuation of the vital transatlantic routes used by tens of millions of passengers a year, ensuring people can continue to travel easily between the UK and US and maintaining choice and good value travel,” the British government said in a statement.

The biggest concern has been over post-Brexit bilateral rules that would require airlines to have substantial U.S. or British ownership. That posed a problem for British airlines with significant EU ownership.

The agreement will allow them to continue existing operations under the EU-U.S. open skies deal.

A U.S. State Department official confirmed late Wednesday it had completed talks on the agreement that will take effect after Brexit.

“The text meets the U.S. objectives of a smooth transition in the transatlantic aviation market post-Brexit and increased market access for U.S. carriers,” the official said.

In future, airlines that change hands will have to meet the ownership requirements or get U.S. approval, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

British-based carriers including British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and Norwegian Air could have been negatively impacted without a deal.

IAG, the Anglo-Spanish airline group that is the parent company of British Airways and Spain’s Iberia, has also been working to address EU ownership issues after the European Commission said it could fall below EU ownership requirements after Brexit.

Willie Walsh, IAG’s CEO, said in a statement that the “agreement is a significant positive development which we welcome.” He said it “facilitates strong competition and is clearly pro-consumer.”

Airlines for America, a trade group for major U.S. airlines, said the deal “provides the legal framework for the 20 million passengers and more than 900,000 tons of cargo flown between the two countries annually.”

Britain is in advanced talks for a bilateral air services arrangement with Canada and has also reached air services agreements with Albania, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, Morocco and Switzerland.


Top Stories

127 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday

The Health Ministry announced 127 new COVID-19 cases on 21 October, out of 3,309 laboratory tests, taking confirmed infections to 2, 966. The break-down of...

Non-reversible damage to the sight of five patients operated for cataract

The damage to the sight of five out of the eight patients who were operated for cataract and presented serious complications due to infection...

Committee to prepare list of animals for pet shops; reactions

For the first time in Cyprus a list will be prepared with the animals that can be sold in pet shops, however, the issue...

Medical Association on Cyprus’ epidemiological situation

The Cyprus Medical Association is once again asking the public and businesses to make sure not to violate any protocols and to dutifully respect...

15-year-old missing since 20 October (PHOTO)

Police are looking for 15-year-old Antzel Ioannou, who has been reported missing from her place of residence in Nicosia since yesterday, 20 October. Ioannou is...


Squash soup

Ingredients: 1 kg pumpkin, cut into small cubes, approximately 5 cups 2 medium (400g) sweet potatoes, cut into cubes, approximately 2 ½ cups 1 chopped leek, only...


No visit to Cyprus is complete without enjoying the traditional meal of many small dishes known as ‘meze’. This large feast, which has been a...

Prawns with fried cheese, barley shaped pasta

Put the barley shaped pasta into a small pan with salted water, bring to a boil and when tender, drain. Peal the prawns leaving...

Salmon and shrimp sheftalies

Mix all ingredients for tabbouli in a bowl and keep to one side so flavours can combine. Prepare the sheftalies: wash and soak the casing...