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EU-UK flights guaranteed in no-deal Brexit

Even if Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal, both sides guarantee that air travel will continue unbroken.

People do not need to postpone flights to and from the UK until after Brexit happens, as both the UK and the EU have pledged that air travel will continue unbroken – even in the case of no deal.

The British government has confirmed plans to keep flights running if, as is still a possibility, Britain crashes out of the European Union without a deal on March 29.

This follows months of growing concerns that planes could be grounded, leading to travel chaos. Last month, Flybmi blamed Brexit uncertainty for its collapse.

The EU says it will soon confirm its own no-deal measures for flights, which are also designed to protect airlines flying between the UK and Europe.

The UK government said that its pledge “includes traffic rights, ownership and control, leasing of aircraft, cooperative marketing arrangements and fair competition”.

It also said it would allow EU member state airlines to operate wholly within the UK for the coming summer season schedules, which end on October 27, to maintain connections between regional bases, Reuters reports.

Book with confidence
“This is good news, not only for the industry but most importantly it reaffirms the fact that passengers can book flights with confidence, as normal,” said UK Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg.

“We expect these contingency measures will never be needed and our efforts remain focused on securing a deal from the EU.”

Around 164 million passengers travel between the UK and the EU each year, and the news will give this important market the certainty it needs to keep making travel bookings.

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