LONDON: Britain and the U.S. have signed a deal for the continuation of flights between the 2 international locations because the UK prepares for the top of its transition interval with the European Union.
The deal, referred to as the Air Providers Settlement, was reached in November 2018, and signed on Tuesday by UK transport minister Grant Shapps, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and U.S. Transport Secretary Elaine Chao.
Britain left the EU earlier this yr however in follow stays coated by EU agreements and guidelines till the transition interval finishes on the finish of this yr.
The newly signed settlement permits the 2 international locations to proceed current operations as they did below the EU-U.S. open skies deal, though flying between them is at present at a really low stage as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
Earlier than COVID-19, tens of hundreds of thousands of passengers a yr travelled between the international locations, contributing to a buying and selling relationship with the U.S. price over 230 billion kilos ($300 billion), mentioned the UK’s Division for Transport in a press release.
British Airways, a part of IAG, and Virgin Atlantic, two UK-based airways which fly trans-Atlantic routes, have referred to as on the 2 governments to work collectively to agree a testing regime to permit journey to get well through the pandemic.
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