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LONDON - Britain's Civil Aviation Authority said on Thursday it was working hard to mitigate the risks faced by the country's aviation industry once the Brexit transition period with the European Union ends at the end of this year. The CAA, Britain's aviation regulator, will take on new responsibilities in January.

At this time the United Kingdom will no longer be a member of the European air safety regulator EASA.

"I can reassure you that we are extremely active in doing all that we can mitigate those risks," CAA chairman Stephen Hillier said during an online lecture. "We have recruited the additional people we need."

British pilot union Balpa urged the Government and EU earlier this week to "publicly commit to signing a UK-EU air service agreement" in order to keep planes flying, even if a broader trade agreement is unachievable.

The PM and his allies have referred to their confidence that the UK will prosper even without an agreement. "But aviation will not," Balpa said. "We need an EU-UK air service agreement otherwise planes simply cannot fly between the UK and the EU."

There is no WTO fall-back option for aviation. "We would ideally like to see the current open skies arrangements continue, but this seems extremely unlikely given the political circumstances", the pilots said. "We currently enjoy high level freedoms of the air between the UK and EU. We need as many of those freedoms as possible to continue."
© Reuters, | Image: Gatwick Airport | 20/11/2020 08:09

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