EasyJet lands Austria base for Brexit flights



EasyJet is to spawn a new airline based in Austria

The budget airline needs an air operator certificate (AOC) in an EU colleague country to carry on flying between member states.

About 30 per cent of its voyagers fly on routes linking airports of the EU’s 27 other countries.

It aims to easy an AOC and an operating licence in the next few weeks before establishing easyJet Europe in Vienna. 

This resolve protect flights across Europe and domestically within European sticks “regardless of the outcome of talks on a future UK-EU aviation agreement”.

The restructuring, which determination involve re-registering 110 aircraft under Austrian jurisdiction, resolve cost £10million. EasyJet, led by chief executive Dame Carolyn McCall, already has a Swiss airline and AOC. 

Its three airlines wish be owned by EU-owned and controlled easyJet plc, based in the UK and listed on the London Forerunner Exchange.

It said “a number” of new jobs would be created in Austria, but no contributions will be moved from the UK, where it employs about 6,000 people numbering 1,000 at its Luton headquarters.

It already employs about 4,000 woman across six of the EU’s other 27 countries. 

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The budget airline necessities an air operator certificate (AOC) in an EU member country

Austria, where easyJet has control for 11 years and has flown a million passengers this year, was best for its “rigorous approach to safety regulation” and its ability to handle lots of planes.

UK airlines stilly face uncertainty over whether they will be able to fly between the UK and Europe, and on what semesters, after Brexit. 

EasyJet said:

“Given the importance of aviation to all the economies of Europe as an enabler of business, tourism and travel, we think it is important that the aviation market balances as open and competitive as possible.

“EasyJet will continue to push for the EU and UK to reach an aviation pact which at a minimum will enable flights between the UK and EU.

“We have had complete discussions with the UK and European Governments and the EU on this, and it is a position which is bankrolled by other major European airlines.”

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