Aviation: Compensation

Department for Transport written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, with reference to EU Regulation 261/2004 that entitles passengers to compensation for delayed flights, whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that a similar compensation scheme applies to flights from the UK to an airport located outside of the EU after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Tom Brake Tom Brake Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (International Trade), Liberal Democrat Spokesperson (Exiting the European Union)

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is the Government's policy seek to maintain membership of the EU's Open Skies system.

Photo of Chris Grayling Chris Grayling The Secretary of State for Transport

The Government is seeking a comprehensive air transport agreement which maintains liberalised aviation access between and within the territory of the UK and the EU.

The EU (Withdrawal) Act will retain EU law, as it stands at the moment of exit, in UK law. This means that the provisions established by EU regulation 261/2004 will continue to apply to flights from UK airports to both countries in and outside of the EU.

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