Twenty-seven cargo airlines would loose their rights to fly to and from the U.K.
Every single airline that flies into and out of the U.K. will have to end all flights at 23:00 on March 29 2019. There will be no more until an agreement is reached.
Trans-Atlantic flights will be subject to US and Canadian acquiescence in permitting flights to continue under the same arrangements – even though the U.K. will be exiting the OpenSkies treaty between Europe and the US, effectively ending all rights.
All U.K. liscencing issued by the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority will cease to be recognised by the EU and vice-versa.
That means pilots, engineers, cabin crew, parts, maintenance facilities and air traffic control, anyone who works on aircraft registered in the U.K. will have zero recognition in Europe and vice-versa.
Security facilities in the UK’s major airports will no longer be considered recognised, in the event flights resume, if this doesn’t happen all U.K. luggage in transit will be re-examined – no through checking will be permitted.
The lack of recognition for licensed mechanics and maintenance facilities will mean aircraft maintained in the U.K. will not be permitted to fly in Europe. The reverse, again applies. This means that unless this aspect is agreed at the same time as pilots and flight rights nobody is flying anywhere.
Yet despite what so many think is simply utterly ridiculously unacceptably stupid: ending flights – that’s exactly what’s going to happen without an agreement.
Britain offered to maintain the ‘as it is now’ arrangements, then undermined that by approaching individual EU governments, asking for mutual bi-lateral agreements. This is legally impossible as the U.K. should know, as all of the European states operate through EASA and cannot establish bilateral arrangements.
Just to ratchet up the pressure, Alexandre de Juniac (former much loathed CEO of Air France who literally had the shirt ripped off his back by striking workers), now head of IATA, emphasised that the amount of work required to achieve an aviation agreement is ‘almost impossible to achieve in so little time’.
He has good reason for saying so. The one thing Britain’s Brexiteers are obsessed over above all else is the European Court. It doesn’t want to be a member. If it isn’t it cannot remain in EASA and there cannot be a continuous aviation agreement. Britain says it would accept European Court aviation rulings, but nothing else. The EU says you either stay in and accept all of the court or leave and accept none of it, a position it’s maintained from the start.
Back to square one.