Switzerland adopts EU laws on drones and post-Brexit aviation

epa06983059 A grounded SkyWork aircraft is seen through the windows of the waiting room at the Bern-Belp Airport in Switzerland, 30 August 2018. Swiss SkyWork Airlines ceased all operations on Wednesday 29 August evening after the last scheduled flight landed. SkyWork AirlinesAfter filed for bankruptcy after failed negotiations with a possible partner. EPA-EFE/ANTHONY ANEX

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Switzerland has taken over a EU security framework laying out new rules for drones and guarantees the continuation of aviation activities between Bern and London after Brexit.

The Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation new rules on aviation security, safety and traffic management agreed by the Swiss-EU Joint Committee on Air Transport will come into force on September 1.

The new aviation security plan includes several EU air safety regulations that also cover drones.

The agreement also covers aviation activities with the UK following Brexit.

Flights from the United Kingdom that land at Swiss airports and continue to another destination will remain subject to existing regulations. No additional security controls are expected to be imposed on UK travellers transiting via Switzerland on such flights following Brexit.

The new regulation also guarantees that Swiss manufacturers of aircraft material will be able to continue production and airlines will be able to continue using aircraft material according to European Union laws.

This reduces the risks of production disruptions that could impact the air transport sector and have serious economic consequences, the civil aviation office wrote in a statement.

The agreed security framework also includes additional measures to prevent terror attacks such as revised background checks and the use of new explosive detection equipment.

Via Swissinfo/ Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation

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