Transport Secretary signs bilateral agreement safeguarding the future of air travel between the UK and US.
The Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps, has today (17 November 2020) signed a new bilateral Air Services Agreement safeguarding the future of air travel between the UK and US past the end of the transition period. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo signed on behalf of the US, along with Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao.
The arrangement will replace the current EU agreement, preserving the continuation of travel, protecting the economy and ensuring the UK remains one of the world’s leading aviation hubs for both travellers and businesses.
Tens of millions of passengers a year use these vital transatlantic routes, contributing to a trading relationship with the US worth over £230 billion. Today’s announcement will help ensure that the UK remains open for business with major economies around the world by maintaining this critical global link.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said:
The agreement will enter into full legal force after completion of both sides’ procedures for an international agreement.