EasyJet selects Austrian base for post-Brexit strategy

UK airline company EasyJet is preparing to establish a brand-new company in Austria to secure its European business after Britain leaves the EU.

The brand-new airline company, EasyJet Europe, will be based in Vienna.

The airline company needs to have an air operator certificate in an EU member nation to enable it to continue flying in between member states after Brexit.

EasyJet stated its application was “well advanced” and it wished to get its licence in the “future”.

The provider stated “absolutely nothing will change” from the viewpoint of travelers, which all the staff and airplanes that would fly for EasyJet Europe were currently utilized and based in the other 27 EU nations.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister Theresa May stated the move by EasyJet was a “commercial choice” which the federal government was working to attain the very best offer for business.

Open skies

EasyJet revealed in 2015 that it remained in the procedure of developing a different existence on the European mainland, in preparedness for when the UK leaves the EU.

This is because the UK threats losing access to Europe’s internal “open skies” plan.

Since 1997, any EU airline company has been complimentary to fly in between any 2 points in Europe, something that allowed business such as EasyJet and Ryanair to grow to their present size.

Existing EU flying rights may need to be renegotiated and the brand-new company would make sure

EasyJet might run within the EU

The UK federal government has stated keeping “liberal gain access to” to European air travel markets will be a leading concern throughout Brexit settlements.

Unless British arbitrators handle to protect preferential conditions, UK airline companies might find it more difficult to release brand-new paths in Europe.

In a declaration, EasyJet stated: “While the brand-new structure will secure all EasyJet’s existing flying rights within Europe, EasyJet will continue to promote the UK and EU to reach an air travel contract which, at a minimum, will make it possible for flights in between the UK and EU.”

EasyJet currently has an airline company based in Switzerland, in addition to its UK operation. The parent company – EasyJet PLC – will keep its London Stock Exchange listing and its Luton head office.