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  • Will it still be possible to fly between the United Kingdom and Spain after 29 March? I have already bought tickets. Will I be able to use them without a problem?

    It is expected for connections between the United Kingdom and Spain to be maintained and you will therefore be able to fly without a problem after 29 March, even in the event of a hard Brexit.

    Both the European Union and the United Kingdom have announced their intention to adopt measures to avoid services being interrupted and maintain current connectivity conditions between the United Kingdom and the EU during the transition period. To find more about the measures that the EU would put in place, please see the Commission proposal.

  • I have read in the press that certain Spanish airlines might lose their licence after Brexit and not be able to fly anywhere. I have already bought tickets with one of these airlines. Is there any risk that I might not be able to fly with them?

    EU airlines will need to take the necessary steps to ensure compliance with current legislation after the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union.

    At present, all airlines are working in this regard in order to ensure they maintain their commercial operation licence. Emergency measures are also expected to be adopted at European level to allow an orderly transition.

  • As a passenger, will I notice any difference when flying to the United Kingdom?

    To fly to the United Kingdom or from the United Kingdom to Spain, passengers currently need to pass through a passport control and security control before embarking. After Brexit, passengers making a connection at UK airports or at EU airports from the UK would have to pass through an additional security control.

  • I plan to travel to the United States after 30 March with a stopover at a British airport. Will Brexit affect me at all? Will I need a specific visa for the United Kingdom?

    This will depend on the agreement eventually reached between the European Union and the United Kingdom, but it can be expected that you will not need a specific visa to enter the United Kingdom if you do not plan to leave the transit area of the airport during your stopover.

  • As a passenger, will I continue to enjoy the same rights as I do now in air transport after Brexit?

    European legislation protects all passengers departing from a European airport, regardless of the airline's nationality, and even those that depart from outside of the EU and land in the European Union if they are flying with a European airline. Until now, that included all flights between Spain and the United Kingdom.

    After the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union, flights departing from the United Kingdom will be subject to UK consumer protection regulations. However, if you fly with EU airlines to an airport in the European Union, you will also continue to enjoy the rights granted to you by European legislation. You can find more information about these rights on the website of the Spanish State Air Safety Agency (Spanish acronym: AESA).

  • I am travelling from Spain to the United Kingdom. If my outbound flight to the United Kingdom is cancelled or delayed, am I entitled to assistance, compensation, etc. under the European regulations on protecting user rights in air transport (Reg. 261/2004)?

    European regulations will continue to apply when departing from a Spanish airport, regardless of the airline you fly with.

  • If my return flight from the United Kingdom to Spain is cancelled or delayed, am I entitled to assistance, compensation, etc. under the European regulations on protecting user rights in air transport (Reg. 261/2004)?

    Once the United Kingdom is no longer a Member State of the European Union, European rules protecting user rights in air transport will only apply if the flight operator is an EU airline. If you fly with a non-EU airline, these rules will not apply, and passenger rights will be governed by the regulations of the country of origin (the United Kingdom in this case).

  • I am a British citizen currently residing in the Canary Islands/Balearic Islands. Will I continue to benefit from air transport discounts on my inter-island flights and flights to the mainland?

    After the United Kingdom withdraws from the European Union and becomes a third country, you will only be able to continue enjoying these discounts if you have long-term resident status.

More information in: Immigration Portal (Mitramiss)