Easyjet to open new airline in AustriaComments
EasyJet is to establish a new airline in Austria to protect its flying rights in the European Union once Britain leaves the bloc.
The new airline, easyJet Europe will have its headquarters in Vienna.
The budget airline must have a licence and an air operator’s certificate (AOC) in an EU member to allow it to continue flying between and within EU countries after Brexit in March 2019.
EasyJet currently has its headquarters in Luton, 30 miles north of London, and said jobs there would be unaffected.
The company selected Austria because of its strict implementation of European safety regulations and the fact that it should be able to handle large numbers of planes thanks to its experience with other major airlines.
EasyJet said it will re-register 110 planes to fly under the new AOC and that it planned to complete this process before Britain leaves the EU.