in Aerospace

AOA stresses need for new EU air traffic rights agreements

Posted 30 March 2017 · Add Comment

The Airport Operators Association (AOA) has stressed that the importance of aviation as the main mode of transport for people travelling between the UK and the EU means that it is imperative that new agreements on air traffic rights are secured.



With the invoking of Article 50 negotiations on the UK’s exit from the EU will now start, including new agreements with the EU and other countries like the US to replace existing EU-level agreements on aviation traffic rights.

Chief Executive of the AOA Karen Dee said: “The Prime Minister’s letter setting in motion the process for the UK’s withdrawal from the EU will enable us to work constructively with Government and European partners to build the deep and special partnership between the UK and the EU that the Prime Minister seeks.

“Aviation is a prime example of the benefits of such a deep and special partnership. Aviation is the principal means of travel for people travelling between the UK and the EU, enabling the flow of business and tourism. Our economies flourish thanks to our excellent aviation connectivity, not least because 40% of the UK’s trade by value travels by air. "

The UK was one of the driving forces behind the creation of the EU Single Aviation Market in the 1990s (separate from the better-known Single Market in services, goods, labour and capital), which removed all commercial restrictions for airlines flying within the EU, such as restrictions on the routes, the number of flights or the setting of fares.

As a result, all EU airlines may operate air services on any route within the EU, including domestically within an EU country (cabotage rights). The UK also has access to the EU’s external aviation agreements, most importantly the 2008 EU-US Open Skies Agreement that enables any EU or US airline to fly any transatlantic route, which benefitted connectivity from the UK in particular.

Karen concluded: “We share the Government’s confidence that new agreements on air traffic rights with the EU and countries like the US and Canada can be secured. The alternative – the disappearance of the legal framework for around 85% of the UK’s air traffic with no WTO-style fall-back option – would be very disruptive for both sides.

“As there is no fall-back option, we are pleased to see the Prime Minister’s strong emphasis on giving business, including in aviation, as much certainty as possible. Airlines and tour operators will be confirming their 2019 flight schedules twelve to eighteen months in advance, underlining the need for clarity on implementation periods to adjust in a smooth and orderly way to new arrangements. This will ensure business and consumer confidence in our future connectivity.

“We look forward to working closely with the Government and our EU partners to secure a new partnership that works for everyone.”

The UK has air services agreements with 155 countries, of which 44 are through the UK’s membership of the EU as described above. These 44 account for around 85% of the UK’s air traffic and are the 27 EU Member States, the three EEA Member States, Switzerland, the six countries that form part of the European Common Aviation Area (e.g. the Western Balkans) and seven countries with which the EU has a comprehensive air services agreement with, including the US and Canada.

The Airport Operators Association (AOA) is the trade association that represents UK airports. Its mission is to see UK airports grow sustainably, representing the views of UK airports to Government, Parliament and regulators to secure policy outcomes.

 

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

SSTL to build Galileo navigation payloads

Under an Authority to Proceed signed with prime contractor OHB-System AG today, Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) is commencing work on building eight navigation payloads for Galileo, Europe's global navigation satellite

EDM produces cabin crew sector infographic

Provider of training simulators to the civil aviation and defence sectors, EDM, announced today that it has produced the aviation industry's first infographic about the cabin crew sector.

First Typhoons delivered to RAFO

The arrival of the first Typhoon aircraft, part of a batch of 12 of the combat jets scheduled to be delivered to the Sultanate of Oman, was marked with a ceremony, held on 21 June 2017 in the presence of the Commander of the Royal Air Force of

Renishaw's Lucy Ackland named one of UK's top 50 female engineers

Lucy Ackland, Senior Development Engineer at global engineering company, Renishaw, has been selected as one of the UK's Top 50 Women in Engineering in 2017.

IndigoVision previews BX Panoramic Dome Camera at IFSEC

IndigoVision this week provided a preview of its new BX Panoramic Dome Camera during IFSEC International 2017, which took place at the ExCel, London, 2022 June.

WEC secures full JOSCAR accreditation

Woodford Engineering Consultancy (WEC) has achieved full accreditation to the Joint Supply Chain Accreditation Register (JOSCAR).

Getac SK2703270617
See us at
DSEI LB0911150917SMIUAV BT1005280917Aviation Africa BT18418SMI AirMissBT0305251017SMI12DE BT203280917SMI FAVWS BT0504290617