3 DECEMBER 2018
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A new open skies air services agreement with the US was announced last week by transport secretary Chris Grayling in a move which he said “ensures the UK remains one of the world’s leading aviation hubs after Brexit for both travellers and businesses”.
Grayling said the pact would guarantee the continuation of vital transatlantic routes used by tens of millions of passengers a year, ensuring people could continue to travel easily between the UK and US and maintaining choice and good value travel.
He added: “It also protects our £50bn trading relationship between our two countries that is supported by air travel. Today’s announcement shows the UK is open for business and is another positive step forward.
“This new arrangement and those concluded with eight other countries around the world are proof that the UK will continue to be a major player on the world stage after we leave the EU.”
BA, Virgin Atlantic and Norwegian are the UK beneficiaries of the new agreement but IAG’s Willie Walsh, always ready to jump in with good news, put out a statement. “It’s critical Britain maintains full access to international aviation markets so it can continue to develop its global trading links. This agreement is a significant positive development which we welcome.”
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