Budget carrier EasyJet is set to conduct the first service with its newly-created EasyJet Europe division, following the awarding of an Austrian air operator's certificate to the company.

The airline has established the new division to protect its European operations following the UK's withdrawal from the European Union.

Outgoing EasyJet chief executive Carolyn McCall says the AOC has "been awarded" and adds that the first flight by an EasyJet Europe aircraft will take place on 20 July.

Austria's official aircraft registry lists a single EasyJet Europe aircraft, an Airbus A320 carrying the registration OE-IVA.

This aircraft, MSN6970, was delivered to the carrier last year under its original registration G-EZPA, according to Flight Fleets Analyzer.

McCall says the AOC means flying rights within EU member states "will be secure".

Some 100 aircraft operating at EasyJet's non-UK bases within the EU will be transferred to the new division.

Source: Cirium Dashboard