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    Austrian Chancellor Welcomes Opening of EasyJet HQ in Vienna in Light of Brexit

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    Austria is pleased with the decision of UK low-cost airline easyJet to choose Vienna as the headquarters' location for its new airline company, which easyJet is prompted to set up in order to continue operating in the European Union after Brexit, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern said.

    VIENNA (Sputnik) — On Friday, easyJet said that it has applied to the Austrian authorities in order to obtain an airline operator license and establish a new airline. The company, called easyJet Europe, will be headquartered in Austria. EasyJet has already hired staff and prepared aircraft to continue the flights across and within the European countries after Brexit.

    "This is great news for Austria as a location [for easyJet's headquarters]! I am very pleased that easyJet made a decision in favor of our country," Kern wrote on his Facebook page.

    The establishment of a new airline means that easyJet will become a European company with three airlines, headquartered in Austria, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

    In March, the EU’s task force on Brexit warned chief executives of British Airways, easyJet and Ryanair airlines that strict EU rules following Brexit would not allow them to freely operate flights between EU destinations and instructed the relevant companies to move their head offices to the union and sell a majority of stakes to EU-based shareholders in order to stay in the market, according to media reports.


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