EasyJet planning to cancel some voting rights


On: Jan 2021

The United Kingdom airline has started to decline the voting rights of some non-EU shareholders to obey with post-Brexit airline ownership regulations. European Union rules indicate that airline of the EU must be owned and administrated by European Union nationals or else eliminate their licences.

EasyJet has controlled an operating licence of Australia since 2017 in order to absorb its flying rights of EU despite Britain leaving the European Union. But the airline is recently 52.65 percent owned by non-EU shareholders, suggesting that it must generate modifications to meet EU regulations following the halt of the Brexit transition period on 31st December.

By limiting voting rights, easyJet and its competitors like Wizz Air, Airways owner IAG, as well as Ryanair all believe to overcome the Brexit ownership problem. However, worries continue that the compliance efforts may be unsuitable or open to authorize challenge by competitors. The post-Brexit aviation contract contains no flexibility on the cure of UK shareholders but does defend possible advantages of the steady liberalization of ownership and control along with an engage to review regulations over the next year.

EasyJet said that the investors from outside the European Union would be limited to administrating 49.5 percent of its shares, and hence, it was sending out recommendations to holding over three percent of shares to eliminate some of their voting rights. The airline said in a statement that the elimination of voting rights is applied on a phase of last in first out such that the shares mainly captured by consistent persons will have voting rights cancelled first.

The investor record will also be kept under inspection, said by easyJet. It further said that if ownership of non-EU shareholders remains over the 49.5 percent higher for a sustained timeline it could begin to enforce those shareholders to auction their shares to nationals of the European Union.