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In the event of a ‘No-deal’ between the UK and the EU post Brexit:

A draft regulation to ensure air connectivity, which would be the basis for EU countries to give UK airlines permission to operate in the event that the UK leaves the EU without a withdrawal agreement, was published in December 2018, and intended to apply until March 2020 (or sooner if alternative arrangements are put in place in the meantime), and the rights it provides to UK airlines are conditional on the UK granting equivalent rights to airlines from EU countries. A final version of the draft regulation has been provisionally agreed by the EU. This is expected to be confirmed by the Council and the European Parliament shortly.

Passenger Screening

The security screening requirements for all direct passenger flights to and from the UK will remain as they are today.

The EU has stated that it will recognise UK passenger and baggage screening. This means that passengers flying from the UK will continue to be able to transfer at an EU airport for an onward flight without experiencing additional security rescreening procedures.

Cargo from the EU to the UK

The UK intends to recognise EU cargo security from the outset, and will not require new cargo security designations for carriers from EU airports. This recognises that security standards are already aligned and equivalent. It will minimise disruption to the European and global cargo networks.

Cargo from the UK to the EU

The EU has stated that it intends to recognise the UK cargo security regime as equivalent and allow cargo to continue to fly into the EU. This means that cargo can fly from the UK to the EU without a security designation.


The EU has been clear that UK airlines would no longer be able to operate their intra-EU services. The UK’s position remains that liberalised markets in air services (based on liberalised air traffic rights such as cabotage) promote choice and connectivity for consumers. However, the UK also has to ensure a level playing field and fair competition for UK businesses, and as such airlines from EU countries will no longer be permitted to operate intra-UK services.

Nevertheless, to provide short term continuity of air services within the UK and provide time for the market to adjust to these new arrangements, the UK intends to allow member state airlines to operate services wholly within the UK for the duration of the IATA summer season 2019 (that is, up to 27 October 2019). In terms of the market adjustment required, member state airlines operating such cabotage services would be able to continue air services wholly within the UK beyond the IATA summer season only if they establish an airline in the UK with an operating licence issued by the CAA, or an agreement is reached allowing cabotage for all UK and member state airlines.

The UK will start discussions on the potential for future cabotage within the UK by member state airlines from the perspective of a level playing field.

source: http://www.gov.uk/guidance/air-services

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