Left: Marc Bailey, CEO of the British Business and General Aviation Association
The British Business and General Aviation Association (BBGA) has warned that negotiations for aviation must be considered as a priority in the first wave of discussions with the EU following the UK’s decision to leave the European Union to ensure the continued success of the business aviation industry.
The majority of BBGA’s 140-strong member companies have international interests, as pilots, crews and other staff are typically multi-national and highly mobile, so UK aviation businesses need multi-lingual employees, many of whom are sourced from the EU.
Marc Bailey, BBGA CEO, commented, “We have developed legislation alongside EASA that supports our sector. It is therefore vital for BBGA that we retain EU legislation for aviation and develop the requirements in a way which are proportionate and risk based for our sector. It is important for us to obtain a clear picture before year end to prevent any unnecessary movement of aircraft, assets or companies to an alternate location.”
BBGA will be formally writing to the Department for Transport (DfT) and UK government ministers this week, urging that British aviation interests must be safeguarded.
“We recognize the vital importance of continued access to the European single aviation market as a major part of the business and commercial aviation industry in connecting UK business and leisure interests with other European countries,” Bailey stated.
Read more industry views on the impact of Brexit for business aviation in the July 2016 issue of Business Airport International.
July 11, 2016