Will I be able to continue flying between the United Kingdom and Spain after 31 October? I already have the tickets. Will I have any problems using them?
Following the European Union's approval of the contingency regulation on air connectivity (Regulation EU 2019/502), in the event of a "hard" Brexit, connectivity between the United Kingdom and Spain would be guaranteed until 30 March 2020, as long as the UK applies reciprocal measures to those adopted by Europe, something it recently confirmed it would do.
If you have a ticket with a connection in the United Kingdom, or in the European Union from the United Kingdom, and the destination in either case is a third country, we recommend you contact your airline to make sure that the conditions of carriage have not changed.
The press has reported that some Spanish airlines could lose their licence after Brexit and will be unable to fly anywhere. I already have tickets from one of these airlines. Is there a risk that I will not be able to travel with it?
According to the connectivity contingency regulation mentioned above, all EU airlines that may be affected by this process must file a plan to adapt their ownership and control structures that results in full compliance with European law within six months from the UK's confirmed date of withdrawal from the EU. As a result, any travel you have already arranged with these airlines is guaranteed.
As a passenger, will I notice any changes when flying to the United Kingdom?
In the event of a hard Brexit, passengers flying to or from the United Kingdom will have to take their passports with them, since they will follow the same procedures that apply to non-EU and non-Schengen passengers. Thus, passengers will have to get their passports stamped (at the national police post) after passing through the ABC (automated border control) system devices.
Furthermore, if travelling with a pet, you will have to check the conditions for transporting a pet on the website of the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
It is extremely important to ensure that you are in compliance with all requirements before boarding your pet to avoid problems upon arriving in EU territory.
I'm planning to travel to the USA after 31 October, with a stopover in a British airport. Will Brexit affect me in any way? Do I have to get a specific visa for the United Kingdom?
According to the information provided by the British Government to date, citizens of the European Economic Area will not require a transit visa to stop over in British airports. In any event, you should check the British government website well before your scheduled trip in case these conditions are changed.
After Brexit, will I continue enjoying the same air transport rights as a passenger that I have now?
European law protects all passengers who depart from a European airport, regardless of the airline's nationality, and even those who depart from outside the European Union to the European Union if flying on a European airline. Until now, this included all flights between Spain and the United Kingdom.
With the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union, flights leaving from the United Kingdom will be subject to British user protection laws. But if you fly on European Union airlines to an airport in the EU, you will also enjoy the safeguards that are provided by European law. You can learn more about these rights on the website of the State Air Safety Agency.
If I'm travelling from Spain to the United Kingdom and my flight is cancelled or delayed, can I file a claim for assistance, compensation, etc. under the European regulation that protects the rights of users of air transport (Reg. 261/2004)?
In this case, since the flight departs from a Spanish airport, European regulations still apply, regardless of the airline.
On the return flight from the UK to Spain, if my flight is cancelled or delayed, can I file a claim for assistance, compensation, etc. under the European regulation that protects the rights of users of air transport (Reg. 261/2004)?
Once the United Kingdom stops being a European Union member country, European laws protecting the rights of air transport users will only apply if the flight is operated by an EU airline. If the flight is operated by a non-EU airline, then these laws will not apply and the rights of the passengers will be governed by the laws of the country of origin, the United Kingdom in this case.
I am British citizen currently living in the Canary Islands/Balearic Islands. Will I continue to be eligible for the air transport subsidy when I travel between islands or to the mainland?
Once the United Kingdom leaves the European Union and becomes a third country, you will only be eligible for the subsidy if your long-term residency status is recognised.