The United States and the UK have concluded a new “open skies” agreement to govern air travel between the two countries after Brexit, in which the UK will leave the European Union (EU). UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling announced that the new agreement will replace the existing EU aviation agreement between the UK and the U.S.
According to the UK’s Department for Transport, the new agreement will guarantee the continuation of transatlantic air travel routes used by tens of millions of passengers per year, ensuring that planes flying from the UK will continue to have the same access they currently have in the U.S.
“The UK and United States have a special relationship which has helped shape the modern world and there is no better example of this than in aviation,” Grayling said in a written statement. “Our transatlantic flights have helped to bring our countries even closer together, strengthening our ties and boosting our economies.”
The UK also reported that it has signed eight other, similar arrangements with other countries around the world, and it is also in an advanced stage of discussions with Canada on an arrangement with that country. The UK also said it has agreed to a political declaration with the EU for a comprehensive air transport agreement to unsure connectivity for passenger and cargo flights between the UK and the EU.