Officials from the U.S. and U.K. formally signed a new open skies air transport agreement Tuesday, ensuring that airlines from the two countries will continue to have unfettered flying rights between the two nations after the 11-month Brexit transition period ends on Dec. 31.
Tuesday’s step was procedural in nature. The agreement, which also applies to U.K. overseas territories such a Bermuda and Turks and Caicos, was negotiated in November 2018.
The arrangement keeps intact the flying rights that U.S. and U.K. airlines have enjoyed since 2007 under the open skies agreement between the U.S. and the EU, while expanding air transport agreements with U.K. overseas territories.
The U.K. formally departed the EU in January but has remained party to EU rules and trade arrangements during the transition period.