Budget airline easyJet is creating a new airline so it can continue flying in the European Union after Brexit.
The company said it had applied for a new air operator certificate in Austria and that the application process was ‘well advanced’ and that it hoped to receive the accreditation ‘in the near future’.
It will allow the low-cost carrier to establish easyJetEurope, which will have its headquarters in the Austrian capital Vienna.
This is planning for a worst case scenario should Britain fail to negotiate the same aviation freedoms it currently enjoys as a member of the EU.
In other easyJet news – Classic children’s books will be slipped into the seat pockets of easyJet planes to create flying libraries encouraging youngsters to read on holiday.
The easyJet Book Club, which launches tomorrow, will put 7,000 paperbacks on 147 flights. It is being backed by Dame Jacqueline Wilson, the award-winning former children’s laureate and campaigner for child literacy.