The British EasyJet said on Thursday it would hire Peter Bellew as Chief Operating Officer of Ryanair, as the budget airline said quarterly negotiations had been in line with expectations.
Bellew resigned his role to Ryanair by the end of the year, according to a note to the staff seen by Reuters. Moving takes place because Ryanair is restructuring itself as a holding company of several operating companies, each with its own management.
The change will see Mr. O'Leary leading the holding company and a new chief executive appointed by Ryanair DAC, the Irish-based airline that most of the group can do.
Some initial reports suggested that the departure was related to the restructuring and naming of new sites, but Mr. Bellew indicated to the Bloomberg news agency that he was looking for other opportunities.
Mr. Bellew (54) is from Bettystown to Co Meath. Originally he joined Ryanair from Kerry Airport in 2001, where he was marketing director. It was essential to make an agreement with Ryanair to fly from Farranfore Airport to London.
The airline later hired him as an assistant head of flight operations, where sources say he proved to be an effective manager who did his job with little effort.
He was director of flight operations when he left in 2014 to join Malaysia Air as Deputy General Director and took the lead when he left Christoph Mueller, former chief of Aer Lingus.
Mr. Bellew returned to Ryanair when the relations between him and his pilots reached a crisis, after a mixture of templates that forced the company to cancel flights by the end of 2017 and the beginning of 2018, affecting about 700,000 passengers.
At that time, Ryanair said that he would have "the specific responsibility of pilot production, training and career development."
Subsequently, the company agreed to recognize the unions, investing a long labor relations policy.
Bellew was one of the representatives of Ryanair when labor groups met for the first time at the end of 2017 and principles of last year to initiate talks on recognition and payment. – Additional reports: Reuters