Leaders from the aviation industry have met with the Transport Secretary and the Department for Exiting the European Union to discuss the future of the sector following Brexit.
The meeting was attended by the Minister for Exiting the European Union, Steve Baker, and the Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, and all parties agreed that securing a good deal for the aviation industry as soon as possible is the best scenario for the EU and the UK.
This discussion comes soon after terms on the implementation period were agreed, meaning the aviation industry can still reap the benefits from liberal market access until the end of 2020.
As a result, the UK can participate in the European Aviation Safety Agency during this time.
A good deal for aviation will give certainty needed for all users of the sector, such as businesses, and citizens, who will all still enjoy high levels of connectivity.
This vital reassurance to businesses is ideal for the economy and means that there will only be one set of rule changes when the implementation period ends, rather than the two that were possible.
But both the government and the industry leaders spoke with confidence for the sector beyond the implementation period.
Tim Alderslade, Chief Executive of Airlines UK, is confident of the future, given the industry has been made a priority.
He said: “UK airlines support the implementation period and the reassurance that market access to, from and within the EU – as well as to third countries such as the United States – will be protected.
“We are pleased that the government accepts that continued participation in the European Aviation Safety Agency is both desirable and in the interests of all sides.
“We welcome that aviation is a priority in the negotiations and look forward to discussions on the future market access beginning as soon as possible.
“We are confident there will be a deal that secures open and liberal aviation arrangements beyond 2020, for the benefit of all European consumers.”
Airports in the UK are flourishing, and leading the way in technology. This reassurance from the government will allow the wider industry to continue to innovate.