Saturday 24 August 2019

Ryanair's Bellew to join easyJet as chief operating officer

Top Flight: Ryanair chief operating officer Peter Bellew. Photo: REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
Top Flight: Ryanair chief operating officer Peter Bellew. Photo: REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski
Ellie Donnelly

Ellie Donnelly

Ryanair executive Peter Bellew, who last week announced he was stepping down from the airline, is joining rival easyJet as its chief operating officer.

Mr Bellew is due to leave Ryanair in December.

He had been chief operating officer at Ryanair for 18 months, having re-joined the low-fares airline in 2017 during the immediate aftermath of the airline's rostering failure.

Prior to returning to Ryanair, he was chief executive of Malaysia Airlines for just under two years, having also served as chief operations officer at the Kuala Lumpur head-quartered airline.

Before moving to Malaysia Airlines in 2015, Mr Bellew spent over nine years at Ryanair working in a number of roles, including head of sales and marketing and director of flight operations.

He was widely tipped as the leading candidate to take over the chief executive role from Michael O'Leary this year. Mr O'Leary is to become the group chief executive of Ryanair.

In a trading update today easyJet said Mr Bellew will be a member of the airline management board and report to its CEO, Johan Lundgren.

Elsewhere, easyJet said it was trading "in line with expectations."

Revenue at the airline increased 11.4pc to £1.76bn (€1.95bn) in the three months to 30 June.

Passenger revenue increased by 10.7pc to £1.4bn (€1.5bn), while ancillary revenue increased by 14.3pc to £374m (€414m).

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