Easyjet’s operations boss steps down amid fury over flight cancellations and airport chaos
The executive responsible for running easyJet’s operations has resigned following a gruelling period of disruption, including thousands of flight cancellations.
The budget airline’s chief operating officer Peter Bellew has stepped down amid growing anger over flight disruption.
EasyJet has been one of the worst hit for cancellations in recent months, axing thousands of flights, including many on the day they were due to depart.
Resignation: Easyjet’s chief operating officer Peter Bellew (pictured) has stepped down amid growing anger over flight disruption
The aviation sector is struggling to cope with rising demand for travel amid staff shortages and difficulties obtaining security clearance for recruits.
Bellew has been at the heart of the problems in recent months and in April the pilot’s union Balpa said he was behind a breakdown in relations between their members and easyJet’s management – particularly in its handling of staff absences.
Bellew, who joined easyJet two-and-a-half years ago, resigned to ‘pursue other business opportunities’, according to the Luton-based carrier.
The company has appointed David Morgan – who has been with the airline since 2016 – as interim chief operations officer.
British Airways, which has also suffered from heavy disruption this year, overhauled its senior management in May, including splitting the role of chief operating officer.
Bellew joined from Ryanair in 2019, prompting an unsuccessful court challenge from the Irish airline to prevent him working for a rival.
His exit comes as easyJet’s top executives are set to fly to Mallorca this week for a ‘corporate retreat’ while thousands of passengers bear the weight of the ongoing travel chaos in UK and across the EU.