Wizz Air (W6, Budapest) has no immediate plans to pursue an Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) in the United Kingdom airline chief executive Jozsef Varadi said during an earnings call last week.

According to Reuters, Varadi said there was no imminent need to establish a UK subsidiary. He also expressed optimism that UK-based carriers may still maintain access to the European Single Aviation Market post Brexit.

Irish rival Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) has adopted a wait-and-see position given the current uncertainty surrounding the nature of United Kingdom's relationship with the European Union once the two have formally divorced. For its part, UK-based LCC, easyJet (U2, London Luton), has already begun pursuing a bloc-based AOC with Austrian daily Kurier reporting that negotiations between easyJet, the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology as well as civil aviation authority Austrocontrol would currently be on-going to potentially move the carrier's EU operations with up to 160 A320 family aircraft to an Austrian AOC.

Turning to Norwegian (DY, Oslo Gardermoen), Varadi said Wizz Air had no plans to participate in the Norwegian carrier's proposal to use regional European LCCs to provide feeder traffic into its longhaul services. Unlike Ryanair (FR, Dublin Int'l) which is piloting the project with the Scandinavians, Varadi said plan was not feasible due to the higher costs and the lack of strong long-haul carriers in the central and eastern European region.