UK signs ‘open skies’ deal with US

Willie Walsh, chief executive of parent company IAG, has hailed a new ‘open skies’ agreement with the US.

A number of outlets have reported the pact, which will allow airlines to continue transatlantic flights without interruption after Brexit, when the current US-EU agreement ends.

Willie Walsh told the Financial Times: “It’s critical that Britain maintains full access to international aviation markets so it can continue to develop its global trading links. This agreement is a significant positive development which we welcome.”

The BBC notes that the deal is one of nine the government has secured. The others are with Albania, Georgia, Iceland, Israel, Kosovo, Montenegro, Morocco and Switzerland –  with an agreement with Canada reported to be imminent.