UK seeks to handle Brexit-focused aviation talks

The UK government is seeking a negotiator to handle EU talks targeting finalising the post-Brexit aviation regulatory regime, the company said.

FlightGlobal reported that in an online job ad, the Department for Transport says it is seeking both a head of airspace strategy and a head of aviation EU exit negotiations.

The head of aviation EU exit negotiations will be responsible for the “overall negotiating position on aviation for the government” and for “overseeing negotiations with the EU on the future of our aviation safety and airspace relationships.”

The role includes “contributing to the formulation and implementation of the UK´s future aviation strategy and development of related legislation and policies”.

The other role involves developing policy to “modernise UK airspace” and “working on the links between airspace modernisation and the requirements of any new runway in the southeast [of England]”.

Prior knowledge of airspace and the aviation sector is an “advantage but not necessary”, says the job ad.

The UK is set to leave the EU in March 2019, but will likely then enter a transition phase lasting until December 2020.

The EU has previously indicated that a new air transport agreement, combined with an aviation safety agreement, will need to be signed with the UK to replace the nation´s current membership of the bloc´s open-skies regime as part of future trade talks.

David Davis, the UK´s secretary of state for exiting the EU, indicated in March 2017 that the nation would no longer be part of the EU-US open-skies regime after Brexit.