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Contingency legislation extension allays Brexit no-deal concerns for flights

UK airlines will still be able to operate flights between the UK and the EU until at least October 24, 2020 after the European Commission extended the deadline in their unilateral contingency legislation, released on Thursday.

Under previous legislation, the deadline for this contingency was set for March 2020, but this extension will now allow customers to book their travel arrangements further in advance in the confidence that flight schedules will not be affected. The move follows lobbying by ABTA with key EU destination countries, which promoted the mutual benefits of increasing consumer confidence for next summer’s peak season.

Commenting on this development, Mark Tanzer, ABTA chief executive, said: "ABTA has been pushing hard for this extension, which is to the mutual benefit of UK customers and the EU, and we are encouraged that the European Commission has responded today by extending the deadline.

"This legislation was originally passed as a contingency measure in the event of a no-deal scenario, an extension until at least October 2020 will give customers much needed confidence in making their travel plans."

In the run up to October 31, ABTA will continue to communicate directly with the travelling public to provide them with the information that they need to know in order to travel with confidence.

The most up to date advice for customers looking to travel before or after October 31 is available at abta.com/brexit.


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