easyJet preps for Brexit, CEO leaves

easyJet preps for Brexit, CEO leaves

All that UK airlines have been talking about is Brexit. And for good reason. If the British government does not strike a good aviation deal with the EU before Brexit in March 2019, UK airlines could be left unable to fly some of their most profitable routes.

For a while the carriers have threatened to set up headquarters in EU countries. This has all been just talk until now.

EasyJet has applied for an Air Operator Certificate (AOC) to operate flights out of Vienna and is planning to establish a new airline, easyJet Europe.

The British low-cost carrier says it is looking to “protect all of easyJet’s current flying rights within Europe”.

EasyJet has no plans to order aircraft or crew for the new airline. It will instead move aircraft from the UK.

Ryanair is also getting ready for Brexit. Last Thursday, the Irish LCC said that it will be moving planes out of UK airports and placing them across the EU. Ryanair’s CEO Michael O’Leary also said that it will cancel flights between the UK and the EU if no aviation agreement is established.

EasyJet CEO Carolyn McCall will not be around for Brexit. She is joining British television broadcaster ITV as CEO in January 2018. Prior to her role at the airline, she was group chief executive at the Guardian Media Group. Maybe she just prefers to be on the other side of the camera.

Alex Baldwin
By Alex Baldwin July 19, 2017 17:22