UK Transport Minister Confident On Open Skies Deal With US Post-Brexit

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LONDON (Alliance News) - The Transport Secretary has said he is "absolutely confident" there will

be an open skies agreement with the US after Brexit.

Chris Grayling said there was "desire on both sides of the Atlantic" for arrangements to remain as they are after the UK has left the EU, following concerns that British airlines could lose their right to fly to the US.

During transport questions in the Commons, Mr Grayling was asked by SNP transport spokesman Alan Brown to "provide assurance" that the UK would remain part of the agreement.

Mr Brown said: "Another potential impact on passenger capacity could be the negative impact if the UK does not remain part of open skies agreement.

"An open skies agreement is really important for regional airports such as Prestwick, adjacent to my constituency.

"The PM this week said that she had discussions with President Trump on open skies, but can the Secretary of State actually provide assurance that the UK will remain part of the open skies single aviation market?"

Mr Grayling replied: "What I can give (Mr Brown) is an assurance that I am absolutely confident that after we've left the European Union there will be an open skies agreement with the United States.

"I have had discussions with my US counterpart - there is absolute desire on both sides of the Atlantic to make sure that aviation arrangements remain as they are at the moment."

Without a formal agreement or transitional deal by 2019, UK airlines could lose their right to fly to and from European states or operate services between destinations within the EU, and may even lose rights to fly to the US, which are governed by the EU-US open skies agreement.

source: Press Association

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