The United Kingdom and the United States have agreed on an “open sky” deal for flights after Brexit, said Transport Minister Chris Grayling.
The agreement provides that airlines will continue to fly from the UK to the US after Brexit, reports the Department of Transportation (DfT).
Flights between countries operate within the framework of the US and EU open sky treaty.
The deal with the United States is one of nine bilateral air service agreements secured by the UK for its replacement.
Others – Albania, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, Morocco and Switzerland.
According to the DfT, discussions with Canada are at an “advanced stage.”
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Mr. Grayling said that the transatlantic flights helped the United States and the United States "even closer, strengthen our ties and revitalize our economy."
Participants in the Brexit campaign continued: “This new arrangement and prisoners with eight other countries around the world are proof that the UK will remain a major player on the world stage after leaving the EU.”
According to this transaction, the majority airlines of the EU, which currently operate between the UK and the United States, will be able to continue on existing routes as long as they remain property and are controlled by EU / EEA citizens or UK citizens.
But any airline wishing to establish a route between the UK and the USA in the future that is not owned and controlled by UK citizens will have to seek a waiver from the US government.
Parent company British Airways IAG is registered in Spain and has shareholders from around the world.
The IAG CEO of the parent company of British Airways, IAG, described the aviation agreement with the United States as “a significant positive development that we welcome”.
He said that this "promotes strong competition and is clearly pro-consumer."
Aviation consultant John Strickland said: “This is positive news for British airlines operating in the US market that this agreement has been reached.
"It seems that sufficient flexibility was agreed to allow for different scenarios for owning a majority in the UK or the EU, which is important for the IAG and for Virgin, which is currently owned by non-UK companies because Air France accepts shares."
Sir Richard Branson is currently reducing his stake in Virgin Atlantic to 20%, selling 31% of the Air France-KLM business.
The Theresa May Brexit agreement with Brussels states that the UK and the EU agreed to agree on a “comprehensive air transport agreement” for UK-EU flights during the planned transition period, but this will not apply if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
In September, the government warned of inaction that Brexit could disrupt air travel between the UK and the countries of the European Union.