British airlines that fly professional footballers, packages, PPE and auto parts in chartered jets across Europe have lost up to 70 percent of their business to EU rivals this year due to the bureaucracy in Brussels, The Mail showed on Sunday.
Some have been so severely punished by the EU’s response to the Brexit rules that they have been forced to relocate half of their operations to Malta in the EU.
Airlines registered in the UK are now required to obtain authorization for every flight to and from EU countries. According to UK airlines, it takes up to 30 days for permits to be issued.
Airlines based in the EU do not need to obtain authorization for flights within the block – only for flights to and from the UK – but these are issued by the UK Civil Aviation Authority within 48 hours.
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UK airline bosses say they have been “frozen” from European travel contracts in favor of EU rivals since Jan. 1, as customers are not allowed to risk delays or cancellations due to paperwork.
Contracts lost to EU airlines include charter flights with European footballers and cargo travel with critical supplies, including personal protective equipment (PPE), other medical supplies and parts for automakers.
Two airlines told MoS that they are moving their operations to new bases in Malta to avoid the red tape that has cost them millions of pounds.
Titan Airways, based at Stansted Airport, and Jota Aviation, based in Biggin Hill, said they had lost contracts with customers such as Royal Mail, the Royal Mail football clubs, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, and the Italian postal service Poste Italiane.
If Malta approves the application for air carrier certification licenses, the companies’ new EU subsidiaries could operate on an equal footing with EU competitors in three months.
UK ministers are aware of the delays and the loss of business and are looking at ways to remedy the problem.
Jota Aviation chief executive Andy Green said the decision to move to Malta was “deeply regrettable” as it would take jobs and tax revenue out of the UK.
But he said he had no option as the post-Brexit approval system had “ravaged” his airline’s revenue since the start of the year, resulting in severe Covid losses.
He said: “We are not currently flying back and forth between EU countries – we are not even asked anymore because the perception is that it is too difficult to navigate the paperwork. Our customers now think that it is much easier to use an aircraft registered in the EU. ‘
He said Spanish airline Swiftair and Swedish airline West Air would deliver Royal Mail packages on internal flights to the UK.
But Jota Aviation was informed earlier this year by Poste Italiane that it could no longer fulfill its contract for the delivery of mail in Italy because it was not registered in the EU.
Meanwhile, PSA for the NHS is flown from China to the UK on aircraft registered in Malta.
Green added: “These are not the level playing fields we were promised in the Brexit deal. We are struggling to see why we cannot continue our Italian postal deal while Spanish and Swedish airlines are busy getting Royal Mail Delivering parcels in the UK. ”
Jota and Titan are part of a group of airlines that are lobbying ministers for a mutual agreement to give UK airlines the same access as EU competitors.
CROWNS CAN BEAT THE PRODUCTION OF THE CROWN
Delays in restarting international travel could jeopardize the production of hit TV series, including The Crown, warned the head of the production giant behind the show.
Wayne Garvie, president of international production at Sony Pictures Television – whose subsidiary Left Bank Pictures makes The Crown for Netflix – said his company had already pushed back two or three major shows due to Covid.
Expanded travel restrictions could affect filming overseas for The Crown’s fifth series as filming is slated to begin in the next few months. Several scenes for series four, including storylines on Mustique, were filmed in Spain.
Garvie said: ‘The Crown films internationally and when we are restricted [on travel] we have to think about that. ‘
He added, “The film and television industry is really important to how the UK is perceived.”
Business travel contributed £ 220 billion to the economy prior to Covid, but revenues are down 90 percent. Clive Wratten, executive director of the Business Travel Association, calls for a “clear roadmap for international travel”.
The UK Aviation Job Rescue Campaign, which includes Loganair, CargoLogicAir and Air Tanker, estimates that combined revenue fell by as much as 40 percent in January as costs rose 20 percent in what is called “not.” sustainable “.
In the worst case scenario, they might have to set up their fleets and put up to 4,000 jobs at risk. They are also facing major restrictions on the provision of aircraft and crew members for larger airlines such as BA.
Alastair Willson, Managing Director of Titan Airways, said EU airlines could operate all wet lease flights in the UK while UK operators can only do so in “exceptional circumstances” in the EU.
AirTanker, based at RAF Brize Norton in Oxfordshire, was regularly sub-chartered for airlines in France, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands until last year. But it was said that it was now “practically impossible to operate in this market”.
The director, Tony Carder, said: “We recently lost two opportunities in France because it was not possible to obtain permits on short notice and we would not have to receive objections from French airlines.
“We have planes idling and have had to reduce the number of pilots we employ while competitors based in the EU operate flights from the UK that we could offer.”
The campaign is supported by Tory MP Paul Maynard, a former aviation minister who is in talks with the Department of Transportation.
Ministers were told that flexible air transport contracts are vital to the UK economy as UK manufacturers rely on short-term deliveries of parts and equipment.
The DfT said: “We are working with EU member states to ensure that UK airlines can fly to and from the EU with minimal administrative burden and minimal delay.”
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