IATA Urges EU, UK to Take Immediate Precautionary Actions Ahead of Brexit
In efforts to minimize any potential Brexit backlash, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has called on the UK and the EU to take immediate actions to ensure the uninterrupted continuation of air connectivity, safety and security, and efficient border management before the UK exits the EU on March 29.
“These are the most critical areas because there are no fallback agreements such as the WTO framework available in a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario,” said IATA director general and CEO, Alexandre de Juniac.
“Without any contingency planning being made transparent to the industry, the risks of not addressing these issues could mean chaos for travelers and interrupted supply chains. With less than six months to go, we have little more certainty than we did in June 2016,” said de Juniac.
Contingency planning is vital in view of an IATA-commissioned study which revealed the dire effects Brexit may have on airlines flying to and from the UK in the event of a no-deal or a hard Brexit.
IATA underlines that even in the best-case scenario – an agreed upon Brexit transition phase for the period after March 2019 – a high degree of uncertainty and risk to air services remains, which may lead to disruption to air services, while the lack of transparency is making matters even worse.
At the same time, IATA is urging the UK to remain in the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) irrespective of the Brexit negotiation outcome and to ensure the mutual recognition of professional licences, standards for materials and parts, among others.
According to IATA, issues with the most significant impact and the least clarity, requiring immediate readdress are: air services agreements, safety framework, aviation security and border management. Following – to a lesser extent – are air traffic management, environment, labor, slots, consumer protection, and ground handling competition.
IATA represents 290 airlines, which in total account for 82 percent of all global air traffic.
In response to Gayle Stephen:
I want my beautiful country and most of all my incredibly open, cosmopolitan and tolerant city, London, to remain a member of the European Union and remain an equal to it’s 508m citizens.
So, please give us every trade deal and include us in as many EU Projects as possible in order to prevent the Utopian creation of Empire 2 ( low wage/ low tax/ low regulation economy, basically return to Victorian Times)
WE WANT OUR BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY BACK! WE WANT FREEDOM!
An aviation deal with the EU will PREVENT this from happening & turn us into a vassal state of the EU.
DO NOT,UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES LET THAT HAPPEN!