The Strategist

EasyJet's CEO steps down amid airlines chaos

07/05/2022 - 09:34

The chief operational officer of the British low-cost airline EasyJet, Peter Bellew, announced his resignation. The reasons for the resignation are unknown, although as noted by newspapers, the leave is taking place while thousands of flights across Europe are being canceled.

Nabil Molinari
Nabil Molinari
Prior to Mr. Bellew's appointment in 2019, EasyJet's director of flight operations, David Morgan, held the job. Mr. Morgan will temporarily assume Mr. Bellew's responsibilities.

EasyJet has already canceled more than 10,000 flights for July. The company is experiencing a staffing shortfall, same like other airlines, as demand for travel has increased since many nations' coronavirus restrictions have been lifted and many airlines made personnel reductions during the pandemic.

Lufthansa has also already canceled a total of 3,100 flights, while Brussels Airlines has announced cancellation of 675 flights through the end of the summer. The circumstances may potentially be influenced by a strike of the pilots of SAS, the largest airline in Scandinavia, which began today. Recently, U.S. airlines have experienced significant flight cancellations as a result of both crew shortages and weather.