In addition, the political declaration agreed between the UK and the EU provides for a comprehensive agreement on air services to ensure connectivity for passenger and cargo flights through market access for UK and European air carriers. The newly signed agreement allows the two countries to continue their existing operations, as under the “open skies” agreement between the EU and the US, although the flight between them is currently at a very low level due to the coronavirus pandemic. The agreement, which is closely linked to the U.S. Open Skies Agreement model, facilitates strong competition and is clearly consumer-friendly. The United States is an important destination for British businesses and tourists, while the UK welcomes many American visitors to its coasts. Currently, British and European airlines can, under the long-standing “open skies” agreement in Europe, all the routes they wish to serve. “As you know, negotiations have intensified in recent weeks and, although time is running out, we hope that an agreement can be reached. Britain left the EU at the beginning of the year, but remains in practice under EU agreements and rules until the end of the transition period at the end of this year. Britain and the United States have agreed on an open skies agreement governing air traffic between countries. The deal aims to allay fears that thefts could be brought to the ground in the event of a disorderly Brexit. Existing Open Comments remain for those who don`t subscribe to Independent Premium.
Because of the breadth of this community of comments, we are not in a position to pay the same attention to each intervention, but we have received this area in the interest of an open debate. Please continue to respect all commentators and conduct constructive debates. However, according to the Court of Auditors, the Transport Ministry had been working on 28 Brexit projects until March 2019. These include the development and implementation of contingency plans for bilateral air services agreements and emergency requirements for EAS, as well as the development and implementation of emergency planning for bilateral air services agreements and emergency requirements for EASA (if necessary) as well as the replacement of third-country air services agreements and security agreements. It is essential that Britain maintains full access to international aviation markets in order to develop its global trade relations. This agreement is an important positive development that we welcome. The initial agreement was signed on April 30, 2007 in Washington, D.C. The agreement entered into force on March 30, 2008. The second phase was signed in June 2010 and has been applied on an interim basis until all signatories are ratified.  The draft EU mandate stipulates that the EU would be open to such an agreement, but “the elements contained in the Fifth Freedom of Air can be taken into account if… they are balanced with the corresponding commitments and in the interests of the Union.” The mention of commitments suggests that the EU would link the integration of certain aspects of the Fifth Freedom to the UK`s acceptance of a level playing field, in order to ensure the maintenance of current standards on the environment, state aid, labour law and competition.