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Air Routes: Europe

Question for Department for Transport

UIN HL13426, tabled on 22 February 2021

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the extent of the loss of air routes in Europe since the UK left the EU.

Answered on

2 March 2021

The new UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) does not place any restriction on air services between points in the UK and points in the EU, ensuring that UK-EU trade can continue to travel freely by air.

Furthermore, the TCA recognises that, at their discretion, EU Member states may permit UK airlines to operate non-scheduled air services within and beyond the EU. The TCA also allows the UK and individual EU Member States to negotiate and agree a bilateral exchange of additional “5th Freedom” all-cargo rights. My officials are engaging closely with EU Member States and with industry on these matters.