Flights after Brexit set to continue if there’s a no deal scenario

Brexit has been causing uncertainty regarding Brits’ future travel plans, but there’s good news if you’ve already got flights booked after the 29th March.

The UK government has confirmed that it will reciprocate the European Union’s arrangements for air travel in the event of a no deal Brexit.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling told MPs that preparations have been made "to deliver continuity of air services between the UK and the EU in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement".

Initially the European Commission said flights for this year would be capped at Summer 2018 levels in a no-deal which could have seen flights being cancelled, but ABTA reports that this has now been removed from the final legislation.

Under the agreement, both UK and EU airlines will be able to continue to operate services between the UK and the EU.

This will also UK airlines to make stops in EU countries and fly over EU airspace.

The draft legislation has provisionally been agreed by the EU and is expected to be confirmed by the Council and the European Parliament.

This includes traffic rights, ownership and control, leasing of aircraft, cooperative marketing arrangements and fair competition. You can see the full list of protected policies on the government website here .

However, it’s not a permanent solution, as the legislation only entitles UK airlines to continue operating air services from the UK to the EU until March 2020.

The Transport Secretary explained that the provisional legislation is aiming to help reassure both passengers and the aviation industry, while also minimising the risk of any disruption to services as a result of Brexit.

He also said that the move aims to "maintain a level playing field for UK industry, ahead of future negotiations".

The EU is due to vote on Wednesday 13th March to approve the legistlation.

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive of ABTA – The Travel Association said: "Today’s announcement provides further assurance that, whatever the outcome of Brexit, travellers can continue to book holidays and business trips with confidence.

"Europe is the most popular holiday destination for UK travellers with 58 million trips made to the continent each year. More than three in five people are planning to take a trip to Europe this year, so travellers will be pleased to see the final confirmation from the UK on their ability to fly even in the event of a no-deal.

"It’s worth remembering that if the UK and the EU agree a deal, we will be in a transition period and everything will stay the same for travel until the end of 2020 – meaning people can continue to travel to the EU exactly as they do now.

"While it is encouraging that there are plans in place for a no-deal scenario, we encourage politicians to work to avoid a no-deal Brexit."

Of course this is just one of the travel questions answered for Brits with travel plans post the March deadline should there be a no deal.

For example, there are still questions around when to renew a British passport if you’re travelling to the EU.

Holidaymakers usually need at least six months left on their passport from the date they arrive. 

Until recently, UK citizens who renewed their passport before it expired could have up to nine months of the remaining validity added to their new travel document.

However, the government has warned that this time carried over will not count towards the six-month requirement in the case of a no-deal Brexit, meaning people with up to 15 months left on their passport could be denied entry to some destinations.

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