Switzerland making post-Brexit flight preparations

The EU legal framework on aviation and drone-flying is designed to ensure smooth traffic after Brexit

Switzerland has adopted an EU legal framework on aviation designed to ensure the continuation of a smooth traffic between Bern and London after Brexit. The new rules, agreed by the Swiss-EU Joint Committee on Air Transport will now come into force on 1 September, according to a statement from the Federal Office of Civil Aviation released on Thursday.

Under the agreement on aviation security, safety and traffic management, flights from the United Kingdom that land at Swiss airports and continue to another destination will remain subject to existing regulations. No additional security controls are expected to be imposed on UK travelers transiting via Switzerland on such flights following Brexit. The new regulation also guarantees that Swiss manufacturers of aircraft material will be able to continue production and airlines will be able to continue using aircraft material according to European Union laws.

This reduces the risks of production disruptions that could impact the air transport sector and have serious economic consequences, the civil aviation office wrote in a statement.

The new aviation security plan includes several EU air safety regulations that cover drone-flying, as well. Starting in June 2020, drones that weigh at least 250 grams or have a camera traveling in European airspace must be registered. Member States of the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) can assign responsibility for certification, monitoring or compliance control to other Member States or the agency itself.

The agreed security framework also includes additional measures to prevent terror attacks such as revised background checks and the use of new explosive detection equipment.

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