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EU-UK Operations & 2020 Trade Agreement

EU-UK Operations & 2020 Trade Agreement

Following the decision by the United Kingdom to leave the European Union, a trade agreement was agreed on 24th December 2020 between the two parties.  This forms the basis for future cooperation between the 27 EU countries and the UK.

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This page provides the latest information for Non-Scheduled Charter Operators on the impact of the deal and how The ACA believes operations can be carried out from 1st January 2021.

The high level agreement is the starting point in negotiations on various areas, particularly aviation, and we will endeavour to keep this information up to date as new bi-lateral agreements are subsequently agreed.  We advise Operators to speak directly with Aviation Regulators and Transport Directorates to ensure that they are fully compliant.


>  From 01 January 2021 Permits are required for ALL Non-Scheduled Charter Flights between the EU and UK.  Overflights will not require permits.

> Operators MUST hold Third Country Operator approval.

> 3rd and 4th Freedom should be automatically agreed for Passenger Flights.

> Cargo Flight 5th Freedoms can be bi-laterally agreed; Countries now agreed are: France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Spain, Ireland, Portugal and Sweden.

> Block Permits available from UK CAA, are now available from a limited number of EU Member States including Italy and France.


Feedback to the authorities is vital to support improvement in the new processes and systems.  We would like to hear from all our members about their experiences, both positive and negative.  We will then collate and structure this to provide clear focus areas for the authorities to work on.  Please send your feedback to



The ACA EU-UK Trade Deal Position Paper: OPEN

Post Brexit Guidance and Ops info from The ACA and EBAA OPEN

The main agreement text available from UK Government: OPEN

The main agreement text available from the EU: OPEN

EU Member States Aviation Authority contacts for Operators to make permit applications: OPEN

UK CAA contacts for Operators to make permit applications: OPEN

EASA TCO application form: OPEN

UK TCO application Form: OPEN

ICAO Freedoms of the Air: OPEN

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