EasyJet will create a new airline based in Vienna to protect its routes to the European Union (EU) from any problems after Brexit. The process of approving an Air Operator Certificate, which EasyJet filed with the Austrian Aviation Regulator, is already well advanced. The Luton-based company expects clarity on the issue in the near future,.
The new carrier will be called EasyJet Europe. The company plans to re-register 110 aircraft to its new unit. EasyJet is trying to keep its rights to fly between destinations in EU countries after Brexit becomes a reality if Britain fails to reach an agreement to keep access to these routes for its airlines.
About half of EasyJet passengers come from airports in other EU and about 30% fly on routes within the other 27 member states, making the company one of the most exposed to the risks of policy changes after Brexit.
The airline continues to urge authorities to reach an agreement to allow carriers from the UK and continental Europe to work freely.
EasyJet is a British airline, operating under the low-cost carrier model, based at London Luton Airport. It operates domestic and international scheduled services on over 820 routes in more than 30 countries.