Uk Switzerland Air Transport Agreement
According to the ONS, the United Kingdom exported $24.1 billion in transport services worldwide in 2015. About two-thirds of the value of these exports was air services ($16.4 billion). Without prejudice to other specific agreements between the parties, including the provision of services (including the public procurement agreement, to the extent that it includes the provision of services), persons who provide services, including the Schedule I undertaking, have the right to provide a service within the territory of the other party for up to 90 days of actual work in a calendar year. The proposed EU Regulation on the Protection of Competition in the Air Transport Sector, which repeals Regulation (EC) 868/2004, is also being implemented in Switzerland, in accordance with the EU-CH Convention on Air Transport. The interpretive guidelines of Regulation (EC) No. 1008 / 2008 – EU air carrier ownership and control rules of 16 June 2017 are likely to be taken into account by the Swiss authorities, although they are not yet formally applicable. As a national airline, foreign air carriers, including European Union/EFTA air carriers, also require authorization for commercial passenger or freight transport on a given line to and to third states or EFTA. These authorisations are granted in accordance with Switzerland`s bilateral agreements with third countries/EFTA. The NCL is also free to grant authorization if there is no basis in a bilateral agreement. 236.A bilateral air services agreement, which is currently expected to maintain market access for market-linked airlines, should allow UK airlines to provide duties on non-stop flights between EU Member States and domestic flights within EU Member States. Given the size of its aviation sector, the UK should have leverage in the negotiations, but we note that there is no precedent for the inclusion of a comprehensive bilateral air services agreement within an EU Member State. On 17 December 2018, the UK and Switzerland signed an agreement to avoid an air traffic disruption between the two countries after Brexit.
237.The Government must also urgently clarify the UK`s post-Brexit position on countries with which the EU currently has an open skies agreement, including the United States. Otherwise, the government should quickly explore the potential for new bilateral air services agreements with major markets (such as the US) before the UK leaves the EU in 2019, or adopt a transitional regime. 229.Witnesses presented the government with a number of proposals to incorporate it into its air services negotiation strategy. First, it was argued that the government should separate the air negotiations from the broader negotiations on EU withdrawal and trade negotiations. Pearce stated that “one of the concerns” in the industry was that “air transport is involved in any haggling that may take place in general trade negotiations”327 easyJet argued that air travel “should be protected from the final agreement”328 In response, Lord Ahmad was “certain” that an agreement between the UK and the EU on air services “will be an integral part of it,” 329,223.BATA feared that after Brexit, EU agreements with third countries “could potentially no longer apply to the UK,” which “forces the UK to negotiate a series of separate bilateral agreements.”316, which came into force in 2008 and allows US and European airlines to fly from anywhere in the EU to the US and vice versa.