The recent incorporation of the 1500 page-long Brexit agreement on the last day of December 2020 brought several reverberations for post-Brexit private jet travel. From the 1st January 2021 onwards, the United Kingdom was no longer a part of the European Union.
With many more changes on the horizon, it imposed more restrictions and paperwork to obtain flight authorisations. There has been a tremendous increase in UK flight prices. At the same time, there are new requirements in place if you wish to fly in or out of the UK on a private jet.
A Whole New World for Private Jets
The effects of Brexit on Private Aviation have been considerably visible on flying operations, with restrictions for some registered country flights. Such a historic transition would always impact the way people travel and trade.
With a few restrictions coming to ease but considering a whole new world out there, the post-Brexit travel industry had to adapt quickly.
From passports to pet travel, roaming charges and other details to consider, here are a few key areas to keep in mind the next time you wish to travel to/from the UK.
More Documentation and Permits
There is a significant impact on flight permits due to Brexit incorporation. If the aircraft is UK-registered, it requires permission to fly in EU airspace without any hurdles. The same process applies to non-UK operators as well who wish to fly into the UK. However, the rules are still the same for those wishing to fly between EU countries.
The Post-Brexit private aviation sector has felt little to moderate impact with the new rules since the application process for permits is relatively straightforward. With operators already well-prepared, it’s only a matter of updating their standard operating procedures to meet the new bureaucracy.
These include agreements to block permits with other countries so that there is a reduction in the documentation process at every flight level. Everything changes, and in many ways, everything remains the same.
Restrictions on International Operating Rights
The overall rights of any air carrier have seen an impact due to Brexit. Not only for private jet flights but also commercial aviation. In other parts of the world, cabotage rights give commercial vehicles freedom to fly in and out of other countries subject to permits. But the tables have turned now, to some extent.
UK-registered flights are not permitted to conduct an internal flight within an EU country without a bilateral agreement. Such restrictions have a more negative impact on UK operators since they find themselves deprived of capitalising to a different extent on EU domestic routes.
Changes to Private Flights with Pets
The old UK pet passport is no longer valid for those travelling from Great Britain into the European Union.
From the 1st January 2021, there is the requirement for travellers to present an Animal Health Certificate (AHC). This is in place for those that wish to fly with pets into the EU. The certificate can be issued ten days before travel and will be valid for re-entry into the UK as long as it doesn’t expire.
It’s mostly a matter of observing the slight nuances imposed by this particular change, but one bureaucratic procedure that has, in many ways, always been in place.
For passengers themselves, not much has changed on the surface. Even though a new level of bureaucracy is in place, flying on a private jet is still as smooth, comfortable and inviting as it’s always been.
Even though the UK and the EU have changed the terms of their engagement, there is little doubt that a great deal of cooperation will still be in place. With enough room to facilitate travel, in particular, expect nothing but clear skies ahead.