Heathrow’s involvement in jointly sponsoring the document is intriguing because of its consistent argument that it needs to build a third runway because of soaring demand for flights from the UK’s only hub airport

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Growing uncertainty about an ‘open skies’ deal between the UK and European Union countries ahead of Brexit risks triggering a catastrophic slump in British air travel, according to the country’s biggest airports.

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Sky News has obtained a confidential report submitted to Government by Gatwick, Heathrow, London City, Manchester and Stansted airports, which urges the EU and the UK Government to target October next year as the deadline for an interim aviation arrangement.

The report, written by consultancy WPI Economics, is understood to have been sent to ministers in recent weeks.

Its emergence highlights the importance attached to an early aviation agreement between the UK and EU – an industry priority given added urgency by the fact that the sector is not subject to a World Trade Organisation (WTO) framework and therefore faces seeing flights grounded without a new temporary or permanent deal.

The document’s most pessimistic scenario forecasts that between…

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