A new agreement between the UK and Canada means air services between the two nations will remain intact following Brexit, the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU).

The UK is scrambling to put in place bilateral aviation agreements in the run-up to Brexit, scheduled for March 29, 2019. Until now services with Canada have been governed by an EU-wide agreement. The UK-Canada agreement follows a US-UK pact securing post-Brexit transatlantic air services.

“This new aviation arrangement between the UK and Canada will further strengthen the strong economic and cultural bonds shared between our countries,” UK Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said.

“International cooperation is essential to a thriving economy and this latest arrangement continues to build momentum for the UK as we leave the EU and take a more prominent position on the world stage,” he said. “Since 2012, the number of passengers traveling between the UK and Canada has been steadily increasing with more than 3.5 million people travelling between the two countries last year.”

The two nations have an economic relationship that saw goods worth £17.5 billion ($22.3 billion) traded between them last year.

Alan Dron alandron@adepteditorial.com