Abta is in talks with the government over post-Brexit issues for the travel industry as Boris Johnson gears up for discussions with European Union officials and EU members.
Abta said: “The priorities for the industry include a comprehensive air service agreement to protect flights, replacing the mobility benefits of the EU Posted Workers Directive, and retaining reciprocal healthcare. The UK also needs to open discussions with third countries, including Switzerland, around access for occasional coach services.”
The Association has also published new member guidance to explain the latest developments.
Abta said it remained “actively engaged with the UK government and EU”, and recently held outreach events in Brussels to maintain and extend direct contact with EU members.
Luke Petherbridge, Abta’s head of public affairs, said: “The UK has now entered a period of transition until at least the end of December 2020, while the UK and EU negotiate a future relationship. During this time nothing will change for travellers or travel businesses.
“The risk of no-deal may have subsided for now, but there is much work to be done to help shape the UK’s future relationship with the EU to protect our industry and ensure the public can continue to holiday and travel with the same rights and freedoms as they have today.
Abta will be addressing the topic of employment after Brexit at an event in London on 24 February, entitled Brexit – The Immigration and Skills Challenge.