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GENEVA: October 24, 2018. IATA secretary-general and CEO Alexandre de Juniac has described as “ridiculous” the ban on discussing a post-Brexit air safety agreement between the European Aviation Safety Agency and the UK Civil Aviation Authority.

Airbus UK Infographic"This is aviation safety we are talking about – the number one priority for everyone connected with air transport and the top responsibility for governments. We understand the complexity of the political issues at stake. But safety and security should be non-negotiable," declared de Juniac.

IATA says the situation regarding goods is even more complex, with “almost no clarity” on Customs arrangements. The most likely scenario even under a transition period, it suggests, is for shipments to be delayed or disrupted as new Customs procedures become established.

"Interference with the movement of people and goods will have a major and immediate knock-on impact to economic activity in both the UK and the EU. Solutions to minimize disruption are of paramount importance. We must have clarity on future border and Customs arrangements now,” added the IATA head.

IATA is calling for urgent action by the UK and the European Union to put in place contingency planning for the continuation of air services in the event of a no-deal Brexit that ensures the uninterrupted continuation of air services, a framework for regulating safety and security, and policies and processes needed for efficient border management.

"These are the most critical areas because there are no fallback agreements such as the WTO framework available in a ‘no-deal’ Brexit scenario. Without any contingency planning being made transparent to the industry, the risks of not addressing these issues could mean chaos for travelers and interrupted supply chains,” continued de Juniac, “With less than six months to go, we have little more certainty than we did in June 2016.

"The EU and UK have a responsibility to millions of their citizens who depend on reliable air transportation. The goal should be a comprehensive air services agreement that does not step backwards from the connectivity existing today." 

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