16 OCTOBER 2017
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Remarks by Chancellor Philip Hammond on the need to ensure agreement is reached with the EU over post-Brexit air traffic services between the UK and Europe have been welcomed by the Airport Operators Association.
Giving evidence to the Treasury Select Committee, Hammond said “it is theoretically conceivable that in a no-deal scenario there will be no air traffic moving between the UK and the European Union on 29 March 2019. But I don’t think anybody seriously believes that that is where we will get to.”
AOA chief executive Karen Dee said: “It is welcome to hear the chancellor recognise the importance of getting a deal with the EU. International aviation connectivity will be the foundation upon which a truly global Britain is built, enabling the UK’s trade in goods and services as well as supporting tourism.”
Dee said Hammond was right about the need for a new legal framework the day after Brexit to ensure continuity of air services: “It is vital a transition deal is agreed to give consumers and businesses the confidence future travel will be uninterrupted.”
Airports, she said, stood ready to facilitate future connectivity and looked forward to working with the parties involved to secure “a deal that works for everyone”.
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David Starkie, United Kingdom
If Hammond's theoretical case does arise, we could of course see the Channel Islands becoming an interchange hub!