To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether he has had discussions with the British Airline Pilots’ Association on the future of pilot and engineer licences following the UK's departure from the EU.
1 March 2022
We are aware of the British Airline Pilots Association’s (BALPA) interest in the future of pilot and engineer licences, and have communicated our current position to BALPA. In particular, we have made clear that that the UK will continue to engage with the EU and EASA on future areas of safety cooperation, where it can support industry while also aligning with our Governmental objectives. However, this must be understood in the context of EU exit allowing us to take control of UK licences, and seize opportunities that can support the UK and our vital aviation sector. BALPA is invited to regular industry engagement organised by the department to discuss issues including our international engagement.