Exit of the United Kingdom from the EU with an Agreement in place
If the UK exits the EU with an Agreement in place, a transitional period until the end of 2020 will be implemented, during which the current arrangements will continue to apply in all sectors, including in air transport. The future cooperation in this field will be negotiated during the transitional period.
Exit of the United Kingdom from the European Union without an Agreement
From the date United Kingdom (UK) will exit from the European Union (EU), UK will be a country outside the EU and therefore the EU law and any relevant Regulations in the air transport sector will cease to apply.
1. Connectivity/Air Transport
The withdrawal of U.K from the EU may have serious consequences on connectivity and air transport between the United Kingdom and the European Union, resulting in an increase in air fares and a reduction in air traffic between the United Kingdom and Cyprus. Simultaneously, in the event of an adverse effect on the exchange rate of the sterling against the euro, travel of British visitors to Cyprus will be affected (due to a possible increase in the price of air tickets, packages, etc.). The aim is to maintain connectivity between the United Kingdom and EU Member States without affecting the traveling public. Towards this end, the EU has approved as contingency measure in case of a no-deal Brexit, a Regulation ensuring basic air connectivity, for a period of one year. This Regulation will be implemented immediately after the day the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union without an Agreement, securing thus that there will be no disruption on air connectivity between the EU and the UK. Relevant unilateral measures are also taken by the UK to this effect.
2. EU passenger rights
As of the withdrawal date, EU air passenger rights will no longer apply to a flight with a non-EU carrier from an airport located in the United Kingdom to an airport located in the EU. The air passenger rights granted by EU law will however continue to apply to:
(i) flights departing from the United Kingdom to an airport situated in the territory of an EU-27 Member State operated by a Community carrier;
(ii) flights departing from the EU-27 to a United Kingdom airport operated by any carrier.
Travellers should thus be aware that, depending on the carrier chosen, certain EU passenger rights will no longer apply to inbound flights to the EU.
3. Aviation Security
A Regulation, prepared by the European Commission (Subcommittee on Aviation Security), in cooperation with the Member States and adopted on 1 March 2019, recognizes the security measures applied by the United Kingdom as equivalent to the European basic standards. This applies to aircraft security, passenger and cabin baggage, hold baggage as well as cargo and mail.
This Regulation will be implemented immediately following the day the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union, whether an agreement is reached or not. Therefore, no security issues are expected to arise at our airports.