The UK Government has outlined detailed measures to ensure the continuity of flights to and from the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit scenario.

The announcement from the Department for Transport and Civil Aviation Authority comes as the EU is expected to finalise its no-deal aviation regulation to ensure protection for UK airlines flying into Europe.

These proposals are aimed at making sure that flights continue to operate between the UK and the EU in any scenario.

The contingency measures announced by the UK Government are set to give certainty to passengers in the region.

“We expect these contingency measures will never be needed and our efforts remain focused on securing a deal from the EU.”

Last October, the UK published technical notices that highlighted its intentions to adopt a pragmatic approach to securing flights.

UK Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg said: “Measures put forward by the UK and the EU will ensure that flights can continue in any scenario; deal or no deal.

“This is good news, not only for the industry but most importantly it reaffirms the fact that passengers can book flights with confidence, as normal.

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“We expect these contingency measures will never be needed and our efforts remain focused on securing a deal from the EU.”

Passenger traffic between the UK and the EU stands at around 164 million a year.

According to Reuters, the EU made a proposal that allowed UK airlines to fly to and from EU airports for 12 months after 29 March, which is the deadline for Brexit.

The UK has matched the proposal saying for the 12-month period it intends to grant EU air carriers same or greater level access to the UK as that proposed to be accorded to UK airlines under the EU’s regulation.

Britain would also permit member state airlines to operate services wholly within the UK for the duration of the IATA summer season 2019.