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ABTA chief allays Brexit worries for air travel

Posted 12/09/2019

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Welcome legislation allays no-deal Brexit concerns for flights

Our industry had some welcome news relating to Brexit yesterday to allay no-deal concerns over flights. Following lobbying by ABTA with EU destination countries, the European Commission has extended the deadline to 24 October 2020 in their unilateral contingency legislation. Importantly, this means that UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and EU over next summer’s peak season.

Under the previous legislation the deadline for this contingency was set for March 2020, but this extension will now allow customers to book their travel arrangements further in advance in the confidence that there will be no disruption specifically to flight schedules.

While there are clearly other serious issues still to be resolved surrounding Brexit, we are encouraged that the European Commission has extended the deadline for this legislation, which was originally passed as a contingency measure in the event of a no-deal scenario.

Mark Tanzer, Chief Executive

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