U.S. near aviation agreement with post-Brexit UK – sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States and United Kingdom are nearing an open skies aviation agreement to govern air travel after Britain exits the European Union, two government officials briefed on the matter said on Tuesday.

An aircraft lands at Heathrow Airport near London, Britain, December 11, 2015. REUTERS/Neil Hall/File Photo

The sides have set what they expect will be a final round of talks for Wednesday, the U.S. and British sources said. The UK’s secretary of state for transport, Chris Grayling, plans to be in Washington later this week to sign an agreement.

A spokeswoman for the British Embassy in Washington declined to comment and the U.S. Transportation Department did not immediately comment.

The biggest concern has been over rules that require airlines to have substantial U.S. or UK ownership.

The deal would address potential problems for UK airlines with significant foreign ownership by allowing existing operations under the EU-U.S. agreement to continue.

Going forward, the agreement will require airlines that change hands to meet t

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