Jul 18, 2019

EasyJet hires Ryanair executive as chief operating officer

EasyJet has hired rival Ryanair's operations chief Peter Bellew, a 30-year industry veteran, as it navigates intense competition in the European short-haul market. The airline announced Mr Bellew's appointment as chief operating officer alongside a trading update that revealed an 11 per cent rise in revenue for the latest quarter. Mr Bellew spent nine years at Ryanair, where he held a number of roles, including director of flight operations, before he left for Malaysia Airlines, where he was eventually named chief executive. Johan Lundgren, chief executive of easyJet, said Mr Bellow had an "Exceptional level of experience" in low-cost and full-service airlines and was "a great leader with a proven track record in delivering results". Mr Bellew said easyJet had a great product with an enviable position at many of Europe's primary airports, adding that the airline had "Always been an innovator among global low cost carriers".

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