EasyJet to start new airline to ensure European Union flights continue after Brexit

Easyjet flight taking off

Easyjet flight taking off

The UK government has said maintaining "liberal access" to European aviation markets will be a top priority during Brexit negotiations. For the carrier to continuing its operations in the European Union, it must gain an air operator certificate (AOC) in one of the bloc's member states.

"All of easyJet's United Kingdom employees will continue to be based in Luton and our 11 United Kingdom bases and employed as they are today", the firm said.

It now has airlines based in the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

United Kingdom ministers say maintaining "liberal access" to European aviation markets will be a "top priority" during Brexit negotiations.

"The accreditation process is now well advanced and easyJet hopes to receive the AOC and licence in the near future", the company said on Friday, adding that it had chosen Austria as it felt the regulator "would be the best fit".

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Passengers leaving or arriving in the United Kingdom will face new taxes and British airlines face obstacles and delays in developing new routes.

EasyJet has unveiled plans to launch a new airline to continue to operate flights both across Europe and domestically within European countries after the United Kingdom has left the European Union.

The largest airline of the United Kingdom, easyJet wants to "keep offering flights from within the European Union to all of Europe and within the EU nations - irrespective of the outcome of a future aviation agreement between the UK and EU".

"We have had positive discussions with the United Kingdom and European Governments and the EU on this, and it is a position which is supported by other major European airlines".

The airline's current bases are in the United Kingdom and Switzerland, but the company has promised that jobs in the United Kingdom will not be moved to Austria.

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