The Airport Services Association (ASA) is lobbying for some sort of imperative action in order to safeguard the aviation sector “in the UK, EU and beyond” from harm when Brexit commences.
ASA Director General Jon Conway is hopeful that negotiations between the UK and the European Union would “ensure connectivity in the wake of Brexit” and avoid a “cliff edge scenario.”
The airport services industry is hoping that the UK and the EU could minimize the impact of Brexit on passengers, movement of air cargo, businesses and employees.
“Aviation is not just another sector. In reality, it is the sector that enables all other sectors”, said Conway. “Aviation is also in a particularly vulnerable position, as our industry sorely lacks an adequate legal framework to fall back on.
“Therefore, we strongly urge the EU and the UK come up with a comprehensive and detailed position on Brexit and aviation in the coming months.
“Failure to reach an agreement well ahead of Brexit could lead to severe disruption and could negatively affect the European economy as a whole. There would be no winners in such a cliff edge scenario”, added the top official of the Switzerland-based European industry body.
The ASA suggests that any pact should also preserve air traffic between the UK and non-EU countries with which the EU has open skies or comprehensive air transport agreements, such as the United States.
The airport services industry and over 100,000 employees in Europe make air travel feasible by offering critical ground services to passengers and the world’s airlines.
Established back in 2010, ASA embodies the welfare of the global aviation ground services community and its members provide aviation ground services at more than 500 airports around the world that are responsible for over five million aircraft turnarounds every year.