PrivateFly Outlines Brexit Obstacles for UK Flyers

 - January 7, 2021, 9:57 AM

Charter broker PrivateFly has outlined some of the obstacles operators and their customers may encounter since the December 31 end of the transition period for the UK's departure from the European Union. The obstacles include restrictions for some flights by some private aircraft, as well as additional requirements such as traveling with pets, it said.

With the Brexit process complete, there will be more paperwork and permits required. For example, UK-registered aircraft now have to apply for a permit to fly in EU airspace while non-UK aircraft must do the same to fly in the UK, according to PrivateFly. But it said customers will largely be unaffected by this development, noting that some operators have already secured block permits with some countries that avoids extra paperwork for individual flights.

Cabotage rights—the ability of a foreign operator to operate domestic flights in another country—of primarily UK operators are also affected. PrivateFly notes this restriction should have little impact on its customers since it works with accredited charter operators based in a number of different EU countries.

Lastly, customers traveling from the UK with pets to the EU and Northern Ireland will need an Animal Health Certificate (AHC) instead of the UK’s existing pet passport. Moreover, the AHC must be issued 10 days before travel to the EU and is valid for four months.