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EasyJet’s chief operating officer resigns amid mounting anger over flight cancellations | business news

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

The airline has canceled thousands of flights in recent months, including many on the day they were supposed to depart to their destinations.

EasyJet recently announced this plans to ground more flights during the busy summer period and apologized to customers for not being able to “deliver the service they have come to expect from us”.

The company said Chief Operating Officer Peter Bellew will be leaving to “pursue other business opportunities.”

He has been with the company since 2019, having previously held the same role at Ryanair.

CEO Johan Lundgren said: “I would like to thank Peter for his hard work and wish him all the best.

“Everyone at EasyJet remains absolutely focused on ensuring safe and reliable operations this summer.”

Last month, the Unite union claimed there was a “lack of leadership” at EasyJet and said Mr Bellew should “take control of this situation”.

Like many airlines, EasyJet is struggling with staff shortages, increased demand for travel following the lifting of COVID restrictions and long security clearance waits for new employees.

Also the company’s cabin crew in Spain voted to strike for nine days in July to demand wage increases, which has already caused some flight cancellations.

Sky News business presenter Ian King said it appeared Mr Bellew had been made the “fall guy” for the airline’s woes.

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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 will seamlessly fill this role, having previously led operations throughout 2019 as interim Chief Operating Officer,” said Mr. Lundgren.

“David has extensive experience and in-depth knowledge of the business and operations and will provide strong leadership for the airline this summer.”

EasyJet’s chief operating officer resigns amid mounting anger over flight cancellations | business news

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