US and UK strike deal to pre­serve air ser­vice after Brexit

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Asean Focus -

THE United States and United King­dom have reached an agree­ment to main­tain air ser­vice be­tween the two coun­tries after Brexit.

U.K. Trans­port Sec­re­tary Chris Grayling con­firmed the so-called open-skies agree­ment on Wed­nes­day.

The deal will main­tain the same ac­cess to the U.S. that planes fly­ing from the U.K. en­joy un­der the cur­rent U.s.europe air treaty.

The UK will no longer be un­der that Us.-europe treaty after it leaves the Eu­ro­pean Union.

Air­lines for Amer­ica, a trade group rep­re­sent­ing most big U.S. air­lines, is prais­ing the agree­ment, say­ing it will en­sure the con­tin­u­a­tion of key transat­lantic routes.

Flights be­tween the two coun­tries carry about 20 mil­lion pas­sen­gers a year, ac­count­ing for nearly one-third of all air travel be­tween the US and Europe. – AP

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