The United Kingdom and the United States have signed a new bilateral aviation treaty. This ensures the progress of air traffic between the two countries after the Brexit transition period has ended. The treaty will replace the current EU agreement.
The so-called Air Services Agreement was signed on behalf of the United Kingdom by Transport Minister Grant Shapps. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Transportation Elaine Chao signed on behalf of the US government.
The British government insists on the economic importance of air travel to the US. In the pre-corona era, tens of millions of people flew on transatlantic routes between the two countries every year. These numbers are currently much lower due to the corona crisis, but a recovery after the crisis is expected.