The UK government has signed a post-Brexit air services agreement with Canada – adding to the one already struck with the US in the same week.
The Department of Transport said it means passengers will be able to enjoy the same access to transatlantic routes once the UK leaves the European Union (EU) from 31 March 2019.
Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling announced on Friday (30 November) the deal with Canada which will see flights continue between the two nations post-Brexit and ensures aircraft flying from the UK will continue to enjoy the same access they currently have with Canada.
Grayling said: “This new aviation arrangement between the UK and Canada will further strengthen the strong economic and cultural bonds shared between our countries.
“International cooperation is essential to a thriving economy and this latest arrangement continues to build momentum for the UK as we leave the EU and take a more prominent position on the world stage.
“Since 2012, the number of passengers travelling between the UK and Canada has been steadily increasing with more than 3 and a half million people travelling between the 2 countries last year.”
The department said today’s announcement with Canada is another step forward as the UK continues to build on an important trade relationship which saw goods worth £17.5 billion traded between the 2 countries last year.
The deals with Canada will replace the existing EU aviation agreement currently in place, providing passengers and businesses with the guarantee that they will continue to enjoy the same access they currently have with Canada.