EasyJet’s chief operating officer resigns amid growing anger over flight cancellations | Business News



EasyJet’s chief operating officer has resigned amid growing anger over flight cancellations.

The airline recently announced plans to cut more flights over the busy summer period and apologised to customers for failing to “deliver the service they have come to expect from us”.

Many EasyJet flights have been axed on the day they were due to leave.

The company said chief operating officer Peter Bellew was leaving to “pursue other business opportunities”.

Chief executive Johan Lundgren said: “I would like to thank Peter for his hard work and wish him well.

“Everyone at EasyJet remains absolutely focused on delivering a safe and reliable operation this summer.”

Last month trade union Unite claimed there was a “lack of leadership” within EasyJet and said Mr Bellew should be “taking control of this situation”.

The aviation sector has been struggling with increased demand for travel after the pandemic and staff shortages.

The industry has also criticised the government for how long it has been taking to get security clearance for new recruits.

Sky News’ business presenter Ian King said it appears that Mr Bellew has been made the “fall guy” for the airline’s problems.

EasyJet has appointed David Morgan as interim chief operations officer. He has been with the company since 2016.

“I am pleased that operations will be in the very capable hands of David Morgan who can move seamlessly into this role having previously led the operation, as interim chief operating officer, throughout 2019,” Mr Lundgren said.

“David has significant experience and deep knowledge of the business and operation, and will provide strong leadership for the airline this summer.”



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