We welcome the opportunity to provide this input to the DfT team to inform those in the Brexit negotiating team of the potential impact of their agreements on Business Aviation.
I should start by saying that as a community, business aviation through the BBGA has consistently advised of the need to retain EASA regulations and clear, unrestricted access to the Single European Skies. As a member of the EU, the UK also has access to the European Common Aviation Area (the ECAA) (overseen by EASA) and to 17 other non-ECAA countries through horizontal agreements (e.g. the US Open Skies Agreement and the Canadian Air Transport Agreement). Our airlines and operators fly within the ECAA under the nine freedoms of the air (see Table 1 below). The latest statements issued by Government has made it clear that we will not be part of EASA beyond December 31st, 2020. I therefore feel bound to make clear that this will have a profound impact on our sector if certain other agreements are not put in place during the negotiations.