EasyJet 'on track' for EU certificate
Easyjet is likely to announce a decision during the summer on which European country it has secured an air operator's certificate (AOC) in that will enable it to continue flying between European Union member states once the UK leaves the trading bloc in 2019.
Cath Lynn, Easyjet's group director of strategy and network, declined to elaborate on the process, but told the Irish Independent that the carrier is likely to update investors in the coming months.
"We're progressing on track as we planned," she said, speaking at the CAPA aviation conference in Co Wicklow. "I'd imagine there'll be an update late summer."
It was expected that EasyJet would have revealed its decision last month, having spent nearly a year evaluating its options.
It's thought that EasyJet has short-listed three countries including Austria, Malta and Portugal as contenders for the new AOC. The company will continue to retain its operational base in Luton, where it employs about 1,000 staff.
Ryanair has warned that there could be no flights between the UK and European Union immediately following Brexit unless a new aviation accord is hammered out between the pair within the next year.
It has pointed out that summer schedules for 2019 need to be finalised by next year.