Guidance

Prepare to work and operate in the European aviation sector after Brexit

What you may need to do to continue working and operating in the aviation industry after the UK leaves the EU on 29 March 2019.

Requirements for aviation businesses operating in Europe after the UK leaves the EU

In the event that the UK leaves the EU without a deal on 29 March 2019, aerospace businesses, airlines and aviation personnel may need new or changed certification, licences and documentation to undertake activities involving the design, production, maintenance and operation of aircraft between the UK and the EU and EEA.

From 29 March 2019, the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will take over many functions currently performed by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in relation to aviation safety approvals and certifications.

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Some of these requirements may change depending on the terms that the UK leaves the EU. Bookmark and revisit this web page or sign up for email alerts to stay up to date.

Aviation personnel safety licences

From 29 March 2019, if there is no EU exit deal, personnel working in the aviation industry may need to take action to ensure they continue to hold appropriate safety certificates. This applies to the operation of aircraft registered in any EASA member state. Actions required would depend on individual circumstances. Each business and individual should consider the possible actions for:

Airline operating licences and certificates

From 29 March 2019, if there is no EU exit deal, holders of airline operating licences and air operator’s certificates (AOC) would need to take action to ensure they can continue to operate in and out of the UK and the EU. Actions required would depend on individual circumstances. Each business and individual should consider the possible actions for:

  • airlines and AOC holders including possible actions for:
    • flight operations permissions, approvals, variations and exemptions (PAVEs)
    • market access
    • national and UK AOC
    • operating, route and air transport licences
    • ownership and control requirements of UK and EU airlines
    • requirements for consumer information
    • security arrangements for cargo and mail carriers and supply chain entities
    • security screening arrangements for passengers transferring between flights at EU airports
    • third country operators (Part-TCO)
    • wet-leasing aircraft
  • apply for a foreign carrier permit
  • declared entities
  • drones

Aircraft certification

From 29 March 2019, if there is no EU exit deal, aerospace design, production and maintenance organisations might need to take action to ensure they continue to hold appropriate safety certificates. Actions required would depend on individual circumstances. Each business and individual should consider the possible actions for:

Airports

The certificates issued to airports by the CAA would remain valid from 29 March 2019. Airports and aerodromes should be largely unaffected by the changes to the safety regulatory regime.

Prepare for possible aviation changes

Register for updates on GOV.UK and via the CAA notification system.

Consider the possible EU exit actions outlined by the CAA

More about possible aviation changes

See also

This guidance expands on the aviation safety technical notice published in September 2018.

Published 14 January 2019