September 24, 2018 / 2:58 PM / 9 months ago

British, EU airlines could see flights grounded in no-deal Brexit

A British Airways Airbus A320-200 passes over homes in Myrtle Avenue as it comes into land at Heathrow Airport, London, Britain January 10, 2018. REUTERS/Matthew Childs

LONDON (Reuters) - British and European Union airlines will automatically lose the right to fly to each other’s territories if Britain leaves the bloc without a divorce deal, the government warned on Monday, meaning that flights could potentially be grounded.

Flying rights to and from and within the European Union, as well as between the United States and Britain, are currently covered by EU-wide “Open Skies” agreements, but this arrangement is jeopardised by Brexit.

“If the UK leaves the EU in March 2019 with no agreement in place, UK and EU licensed airlines would lose the automatic right to operate air services between the UK and the EU without seeking advance permission,” the government said.

Reporting By Andrew MacAskill, editing by Sarah Young

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