'No need to worry' over cancelled flights

Flights between the UK and EU will run as usual even in no-deal, the UK says

The UK government has today issued a statement telling air passengers not to worry about flights between the UK and the continent after Brexit as emergency deals are almost in place.

A draft regulation has been agreed by the EU allowing flights from the UK to the EU to continue in a no-deal scenario and it is expected to be signed off by the European Council and European Parliament shortly. Meanwhile the UK has confirmed it will reciprocate for flights from the EU to the UK.

In a statement today the UK says “these measures will ensure that passengers can continue to take business and leisure flights in a no-deal scenario” and this “gives industry certainty and the public the assurance needed to book and fly with absolute confidence”.

The measures would apply until March 2020, pending further negotiations, and would not be needed if there is a deal including a transition period.

The UK also says that it will also allow EU companies to operate wholly within the UK for the 2019 summer season, referring to running flights entirely in the UK, such as from London to Edinburgh.

The statements by the UK today do not refer to the problem of the right of British registered or owned companies to fly within the EU, such as a Nice to Paris flight, which is also potentially put at risk by Brexit. Companies like Ryanair and easyJet were said to be seeking solutions such as setting up offices on the continent.

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