EasyJet is preparing for Brexit by heading to Vienna

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The carrier said that while the establishment of easyJet Europe will create a number of new jobs in Austria, no jobs will move from the United Kingdom to Austria.

EasyJet still faces legal uncertainty over whether it will be able to fly between the United Kingdom and Europe, and on what terms, after Brexit.

EasyJet Plc will create a new airline based in Vienna that will shield its routes within the European Union against any fallout from Britain's negotiations to exit the bloc.

The company has said it has already applied for a new air operator certificate, the process is now "well advanced" and it is hoping to be given accreditation very soon. "There is no doubt that this AOC will be granted by Austrian authorities", the source told ATW. The FTSE 100 group explained that it had chosen Austria because of Austro Control's "rigorous approach to safety regulation".

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The new company must have a license and an air operator's certificate (AOC) in an European Union member state to continue flying within the bloc.

EasyJet's share price has been little changed in London in today's session, having inched 0.07 percent higher to 1,410.00p as of 10:12 BST, outperforming the broader United Kingdom market, with the benchmark FTSE 100 index having fallen into the red and now standing 0.26 percent lower at 7,394.11 points. The airline has a Swiss subsidiary airline, easyJet Swiss, which has approximately 26 aircraft under the registration HB- based in Geneva and Basel-Mulhouse-Freiburg Airports that use the callsign 'TOPSWISS'.

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.

The airline has operated in Austria for 11 years, and last year increased the number of passengers it carried to and from the country by 60 per cent.

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