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easyJet: Flying through hoops to stay in Europe

Paul Hodgson | October 3, 2017

The first in a series of case studies looking at Brexit compliance headaches examines what an airline must do in order to continue operating within the EU following a British exit from the Union.

From a layman’s point of view, the answer to that question would probably be ‘Nothing. Can’t they just fly the same flights?’ But compliance officers know better. Under EU law, an airline of any EU member state can fly any route within the EU.

In the case of easyJet, it already has a U.K. operating licence and an Air Operators Certificate (AOC) there which means that, as the United Kingdom is still in the EU, it is an EU airline and can fly within the Union. easyJet also already has a Swiss operating licence and AOC to, since Switzerland is not in the EU, enable it to fly into and out of Swiss airports.

However, following Brexit, U.K. airlines without operating licences in Europe will not be able to service airports there, so it is imperative to establish a licence in...

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