‘Discrimination!’ The airline Lauda Europe has barred UK pilots from working in Essex.
If a pilot holds a British license, he or she has been “barred” from seeking for a position in Essex.
Last month, Lauda Europe, a Ryanair subsidiary, advertised for captains and first officers at its Stansted Airport hub. Applicants must hold a European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) license, according to the otherwise typical advertisement.
The UK departed the EASA after the transition period expired in January, which means that UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) licenses are no longer valid for use on EU-registered aircraft.
As a result, many British pilots, who often hold CAA licenses, are unable to seek for jobs in the UK.
“British workers (are) now prevented from applying for jobs in Britain owing to holding British qualifications,” pilot Tim Hallett posted on LinkedIn.
“On July 31, 2021, a job advertisement for Lauda Europe, a subsidiary of Ryanair, recruiting pilots for its Stansted base stated that pilots having British CAA licenses would be rejected.
“A pilot’s license issued in the United Kingdom is no longer valid in Essex! In the United Kingdom, we have a long tradition of resisting discrimination.
“British workers will not be treated unfairly because they have British qualifications.”
Lauda Europe was looking for pilots for its Airbus A320 planes.
UK licenses are no longer valid for use on EU-registered aircraft, such as Lauda Europe’s Maltese-registered jets.
Acting general secretary of the UK pilot union BALPA, Capt Martin Chalk, told industry website FlightGlobal that the Brexit withdrawal deal puts UK-licensed pilots “at a disadvantage.”
He explained, “This is a result of that short-sighted decision.”
The union demanded “quick” mutual recognition of licenses in a letter to the government last month.
It argued that UK pilot licenses have been “severely reduced in value and function,” thereby preventing pilots from finding new jobs, even at UK airports.
Although UK pilots can seek EASA approval, it is “unduly costly and time-consuming,” according to the report.
The separation deal has added to the annoyance by allowing EASA licenses to continue to be recognized by the UK Civil Aviation Authority after Brexit.
This means that EASA-certified crews can fly aircraft registered in the United Kingdom.
“The UK government has done little to even address this inconsistency with the EU,” the union claimed.
According to reports, the European Commission is not in active talks with the UK on the issue.
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