EasyJet’s chief operating officer resigned after the airline canceled thousands of flights this summer in an effort to reduce the inconvenience caused to passengers by a lack of staff on the air and on the ground.
In place of Peter Bellow, British low-cost carrier David Morgan has appointed its new number two, who has worked at the airline since 2016 and who already ran operations in 2019 on a temporary basis, reporting directly to managing director Johan Lundgren.
“All easyJet employees are fully focused on building a safe and reliable business this summer,” said Lundgren, who thanked Bellew for her hard work. “David has extensive experience and deep knowledge of business and operations and will provide solid leadership to the airline this summer.”
Shares of EasyJet, which plunged to March 2020 lows at the start of the pandemic, fell 4% in the early afternoon of July 3.
According to reports from the BBC, just over 150,000 of the 160,000 flights initially planned by EasyJet for the months of July, August and September will be carried out. This means about 10,000 flights have been canceled, or 6% of the total.