The European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) has published a Brexit analysis report, which looks at six possible models for Brexit aviation.

The six scenarios identified are:

  1. Maintenance of the status quo.
  2. The UK joins the European Economic Area (EEA).
  3. Negotiation of UK-EU bilateral aviation agreement (Swiss model).
  4. The UK joins the European Common Aviation Area (ECAA).
  5. No “aviation deal”: reversion to previously agreed bilateral air services agreements (ASAs).
  6. Negotiation of a new ASAs with EU

The report, created with Clyde & Co., then analyses the impact of each of these models in four main areas: Traffic rights/market access; ownership and control; VAT and customs duties; and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

EBAA concludes that maintaining the existing relationship as far as possible is key in avoiding detrimental impacts on the business aviation community. This scenario is closely followed by a scenario where the UK joins the European Economic Area, an approach taken by countries such as Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein.

Brexit anxiety mounts

EBAA CEO Brandon Mitchener said: “As Brexit moves into its second phase of negotiations, this report is a helpful reminder of the expectations of the European business aviation industry from the Brexit negotiations. As a sector that contributes significantly to both the EU and UK economies through the people who power them, it is paramount that these negotiations result in a strong relationship between the EU and the UK.”

He added: “I am concerned by the negotiating stance that ‘nothing is agreed until everything is agreed’ as it continues to generate anxiety within the business aviation community.”

“I hope that negotiators can move quickly reassure businesses about what a future relationship will entail and what it will mean specifically for the business aviation industry.”

By Brandon Mitchener, CEO, EBAA

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