Transatlantic flight guaranteed with new UK Canada air arrangement
Transport Secretary announces arrangement between UK and Canada guaranteeing that vital routes will remain in place once the UK leaves the European Union.
Millions of passengers will be able to enjoy the same access to transatlantic routes to Canada once the UK leaves the EU. The Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, announced on 30 November 2018, that the UK has reached a new air services arrangement with Canada which will see flights continue between the two nations post-Brexit.
The deal ensures that aircraft flying from the UK will continue to enjoy the same access they currently have with Canada, helping the UK maintain its place as Europe’s most important aviation hub.
Grayling said: “This new aviation agreement between the UK and Canada will further strengthen the strong economic and cultural bonds shared between our countries. International cooperation is essential to a thriving economy and this latest arrangement continues to build momentum for the UK as we leave the EU and take a more prominent position on the world stage.”
Since 2012, the number of passengers travelling between the UK and Canada has been steadily increasing with more than three and a half million people travelling between the two countries last year.
The announcement with Canada is another step forward as the UK continues to build on an important trade relationship which saw goods worth £17.5 billion traded between the two countries last year.
It follows the government’s recent announcement of a new air services arrangement with the United States, guaranteeing passenger journeys and further bolstering a trade relationship worth £50 billion.
The deal will replace the existing EU aviation agreement which is currently in place, providing passengers and businesses with the guarantee that they will continue to enjoy the same access they currently have with Canada.