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Easyjet operations boss resigns amid fury over flight cancellations

Easyjet operations boss resigns amid furor over flight cancellations and airport chaos

The executive responsible for managing easyJet’s operations has resigned after a grueling period of disruption, including thousands of flight cancellations.

The low-cost airline’s chief operating officer, Peter Bellew, has resigned amid growing anger over the disruption to flights.

EasyJet has been one of the hardest hit by cancellations in recent months, scrapping thousands of flights, many on the day they depart.

Resignation: Easyjet chief operating officer Peter Bellew (pictured) has resigned amid growing anger over flight disruption

The aviation industry is struggling to keep up with growing travel demand amid staff shortages and difficulties obtaining security clearances for recruits.

Bellew has been at the heart of the problems in recent months and in April the pilots’ union Balpa said it had caused 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, has resigned to “pursue other business opportunities”, according to the Luton-based carrier.

The company has appointed David Morgan – who has worked for the airline since 2016 – as interim chief operating officer.

British Airways, which has also suffered severe disruption this year, overhauled its senior management in May, including splitting the role of chief operating officer.

Bellew joined Ryanair in 2019, prompting an unsuccessful legal challenge from the Irish airline to stop him working for a rival.

His exit comes as top executives at easyJet prepare to travel to Mallorca this week for a ‘corporate retreat’ as thousands of passengers bear the brunt of the ongoing travel chaos in the UK and across the whole EU.