The UK left the EU on January 31 2020, however, the UK is currently in a transition period where the UK remains in the EU customs union and single market. The UK’s transition will end on December 31 2020, when a post-Brexit trade agreement needs to be agreed. If a trade deal is not put in place by this date and no transition extension is agreed, the UK would trade on World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms with the EU.
Flight cancellations are also less common in the UK as well with 1 in 95 flights being cancelled in the period between 2017 and 2019.
But in the USA, one in 56 flights face cancellation during the same period.
The study is based on flight data of all flights departing from UK and US airports between January 1 2017 and December 31 2019.
When the transition period ends, the UK could lose its EU passenger rights.
However, the UK government has assured passengers that they will have more substantial rights when flying from the UK than from EU airports post-Brexit.
A document called “Beyond the horizon: The future of UK aviation” published by the UK government in April 2018 suggests that this won’t change.
The document reads: “The current system of compensation for delay, cancellation and denied boarding provided by EU Regulation 261/2004 provides strong levels of consumer protection, and the UK will not fall below current standards of protection when we leave the EU, but the process by which compensation is accessed is often difficult for the consumer to navigate.”
The 2018 EU Withdrawal Bill, which was agreed to by both the EU and the UK also means that EC 261 is enshrined into domestic law by the UK government.