By Alexandre Cohen
On June the 23rd, 2016, news of the “leave” result of the Brexit referendum shook the West. England will leave the European Union in 2 years at the most. Boris Johnson, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and since July 2019 the representative of this Brexit, is the one who is supposed to find an agreement with the European Union. The date of Brexit, which has already been postponed several times, seems to find an ultimatum. The 27 remaining EU countries and the British government have therefore decided to postpone the Brexit date until 31 January 2020 at the latest.
England is one of the most passenger-carrying countries in the world, with Heathrow airport alone accounting for 78 million crossings in 2018. But what will be the changes for people who want to travel to England after the Brexit date? Will ticket prices change? Will it be more difficult to fly to United Kingdom after Brexit etc.?
What will be the impact for passengers to fly to United Kingdom after Brexit?
- If an agreement on the Brexit is concluded between the EU and the UK, there will be a transition period until 1 January 2021 in which all current agreements and rules will remain in force. You can therefore continue to travel to the UK during that transition period as you are used to on your passport or ID card. The current rules also apply to bringing pets and luggage.
If no agreement is reached between the EU and the UK, upon entering into the Brexit other rules for traveling to the UK apply immediately:
- To begin with, the European regulation 261/2004 which protects passengers during cancelled or delayed planes would no longer be in force from the English territory.
- In the event of a no deal, the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) is no longer valid in the UK. When you go to the UK, you are covered by the global coverage of your health insurance policy.
- Travel can take longer because everybody that is flying to the UK will be checked more thoroughly by airport security officers. Today the queues at check-in and security checks regularly reach the 2 hours in the gigantic airport of Heathrow. According to Tom Jenkins, Executive Head of ETOA (European Tourism Association) it will take an average of 90 seconds longer to get every passenger through airport security checks and those, based on the American model will be very thorough and tight.
- The costs for using your telephone may be higher in the UK than in EU countries. The EU agreements on roaming charges then no longer apply to the UK.
- Brexit will also have a significant impact on the price of tickets to England, and that has already begun. In fact, since the Brexit decision, Europeans no longer feel “welcome” in the United Kingdom and the number of tourists in the country of Queen Elisabeth is declining. This decrease in passenger quantities is causing an increase in the price per passenger.
For those who want to fly to England after Brexit, their travel experience will be different from what it is today.
How to deal with this loss in productive time when travelling to the UK?
Nobody knows exactly what the laws/regulations will be for private flights that are operating to the UK after Brexit, but Fly Aeolus will certainly be very upfront with checking these new laws/regulations. Our flexible air taxi service will find the best travel possibility to the UK for you after the 31th of January.
So, whether you are a leisure traveler or a businessman/woman, your trip will be fully prepared so that you will not lose any productive time when entering the UK.
Before leaving for England you can also have a look at our blog about what to see in London during Christmas time.
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