UK-based airlines will be able to continue operations to EU destinations until at least October 2020, regardless of any decisions made about Brexit.

In its 6th Brexit preparedness communication, the European Commission has proposed to extend legislation to allow UK-EU flights to continue flying until October 24, next year. The agreement had originally been until March 2020.

UK transport secretary, Grant Shapps, says the move will be reciprocated with the UK allowing EU-based airlines flights until the same time. The move has been welcomed by the Association for British Travel Agents, and airlines.

The EU also proposed extending the regulation ensuring basic road passenger connectivity between the UK and EU until the end of July 2020. The UK says it has already made similar commitments to avoid any road-travel disruptions once the UK leaves the EU on October 31, 2019.