The governments of the United States and the United Kingdom have signed an “open skies” agreement that will be applied to flights between both countries that take place following the application of the United Kingdom exit process from the European Union, as reported the British Transport Minister, Chris Grayling.
The agreement means that airlines will continue to fly from the United Kingdom to the United States after Brexit. Currently, flights between both countries are governed in accordance with the ‘open skies’ treaty between the United States and the European Union.
The pact now reached with the United States is one of the nine bilateral agreements that the United Kingdom has reached to replace the community pact that protects it for belonging to the European Union. The other agreements have been reached with Albania, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, Morocco and Switzerland.
The Ministry of Transport has indicated that the discussions with Canada to close a pact are “at an advanced stage,” according to the BBC. Minister Grayland has indicated that transatlantic flights have helped the United Kingdom and the United States to be “closer”, “strengthen” their ties and boost their economies.
“This new agreement and those closed with eight other countries around the world are proof that the United Kingdom will continue to be a major player on the world stage when we leave the European Union,” said Grayling, who is one of the politicians who made campaign in favor of Brexit in the referendum.
Under this agreement, airlines of European Union countries currently operating flights between the United States and the United Kingdom may continue to carry out these routes while they remain controlled and remain the property of EU or United Kingdom citizens.
However, airlines that want to create a new route between the United States and the United Kingdom in the future and that are not owned by British citizens will need a permit from the United States Government.
IAG, the parent company of British Airways, according to the BBC, is registered in Spain and has shareholders all over the world. IAG has said that the agreement with the United States is “an important and significant advance” that the company celebrates because it understands that it will facilitate “strong competition” and favor consumers.
The Brexit agreement reached by the Prime Minister, Theresa May, establishes that the United Kingdom and the European Union agree to negotiate “a comprehensive air transport agreement” for flights between the EU and the United Kingdom.
In September, the British Government warned that a Brexit scenario without agreement with the European Union could lead to the suspension of air links between the United Kingdom and the countries of the European Union.