easyJet takes steps to secure non-British EU Operator Certificate


The budget airline is lobbying the European Commission to make aviation a special case to allow the sector to continue as now.

However, should those talks fail then easyjet is prepared to move its legal headquarters to the EU to avoid any disruption.

“easyJet is lobbying the UK government and the EU to ensure the continuation of a fully liberal and deregulated aviation market within the UK and Europe. This would mean that easyJet and all European airlines can continue to operate as they do today and this objective has been supported by European airlines, with Airlines For Europe, Europe’s main airline association”, the airline said in a statement.

“As part of easyJet’s contingency planning before the referendum we had informal discussions with a number of European aviation regulators about the establishment of an Air Operator Certificate AOC in an European country to enable easyJet to fly across Europe as we do today. easyJet has now started a formal process to acquire an AOC”, the company added.

Depending on the outcome of talks with European aviation regulators, the holding company will either be a subsidiary of easyJet or, more likely, become its legal headquarters.

The vast majority of easyJet’s staff would remain at the airline’s current headquarters at Luton Airport. “We have no plans to move from Luton, our home for 20 years”, the airline announced.

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