Airlines could lose the right to fly between the UK and the EU from March next year if the Government fails to secure a Brexit deal.
The Department for Transport (DfT) has now published ten ‘transport technical notices’, setting out the situation and contingency planning in what it called the ‘unlikely situation the UK leaves the EU without a deal’.
The paper on Flights to and from the UK if there’s no Brexit deal states that: ‘UK and EU licensed airlines would lose the automatic right to operate air services between the UK and the EU without seeking advance permission.
It adds: ‘If there is no deal with the EU, airlines wishing to operate flights between the UK and the EU would have to seek individual permissions to operate from the respective states (be that the UK or an EU country).
‘In this scenario the UK would envisage granting permission to EU airlines to continue to operate. We would expect EU countries to reciprocate in turn.’
Other papers published by the DfT cover:
- Driving in the EU if there’s no Brexit deal
- Vehicle insurance if there’s no Brexit deal
- Commercial road haulage in the EU if there’s no Brexit deal
- Reporting CO2 emissions for new cars and vans if there’s no Brexit deal
- Aviation security if there’s no Brexit deal
- Aviation safety if there’s no Brexit deal
- Getting an exemption from maritime security notifications if there’s no Brexit deal
- Recognition of seafarer certificates of competency if there’s no Brexit deal
- Vehicle type approval if there’s no Brexit deal
On Tuesday (25 September) a survey revealed that the public are concerned that transport networks could be placed under strain if no deal is reached.
The poll of 3,044 members of the British public by KPMG UK found that 62.9% believe they will face severe delays across the transport network, particularly at ports. Half of respondents (50.3%) believe that flight delays and cancellations are likely to occur and that travel between the UK and EU will become difficult (52.9%).
Ed Thomas, UK head of transport at KPMG said: ‘These numbers paint a picture of the level of uncertainty amongst the British public with regards to Brexit. If there is a no deal outcome then the UK Government needs to start planning and reassuring the British public that the transport system in the UK will operate as usual.'