Britain will allow
European Union-based airlines to continue to fly into the country if it leaves
the bloc without a divorce deal, the government said in technical papers
published on Monday, adding that it plans to stick to EU rules on aviation
The ‘no-deal’ papers acknowledged the risk that
flights could be grounded if Britain leaves the European Union on March 29,
2019, without a deal and said some pilot and safety licenses issued by the UK
would no longer be recognized in the EU.
Britain has said it wants to continue to
participate in the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), but without a Brexit deal
this might not be possible.
The UK government said it was aiming to avoid
such a worst-case scenario, and would look for an agreement on flying rights if
there was a disorderly Brexit.
“In this scenario the UK would envisage
granting permission to EU airlines to continue to operate. We would expect EU
countries to reciprocate in turn,” it said in a paper published on Monday.
A deal between the UK and EU, or between the UK
and individual countries, was possible, it said.
On aviation safety in a no-deal scenario, the UK
said it would retain EU legislation, and that functions currently performed by
EASA would instead be performed by Britain’s aviation regulator, the Civil
Aviation Agency (CAA).
The papers said that, for pilot licenses, the
CAA would need to validate any EASA license used to fly a UK-registered
aircraft, and UK-issued licenses would need to transfer to EASA if they wanted
to operate EU-registered planes.
On most other
aviation safety certificates, including for aircraft and for maintenance, parts
and cabin crew, however, Britain said EASA-issued documents would remain valid
in the UK for two years from the date of Brexit.
They would then need to be replaced by CAA
versions before the end of that period.
But it warned UK-issued license and certificate
holders that their certificates would no longer be valid in the EU.
For instance, in a potential headache for some
parts suppliers and maintenance firms, the papers said the EU’s indications are
that it would not recognize some safety-linked certificates issued by the CAA,
meaning that UK-certified parts could not be installed on EU-registered
aircraft, and UK-approved engineers would not be allowed to work on them.
The UK said it was encouraging the EU to take
“reciprocal action in recognizing UK-issued certificates”.
On security, the UK government said that, in the
event of a no-deal Brexit, there would be no reason for the UK’s aviation
security regime not to be recognized by the EU as equivalent, meaning no
additional security restrictions.
However, if the EU decides not to recognize the UK aviation security system, then passengers from the UK transferring through EU airports and their luggage would have to be rescreened when changing flights in EU hub airports.
Source : NBC