The British Airways announcement failed for some of the most frequent aircraft that expressed their frustration on the internet.
British Airways President and CEO Alex Cruz will step down, the parent company IAG announced on Monday, with Aer Lingus chairman and CEO Sean Doyle taking over after a transition. period.
“We are facing the worst crisis facing our industry and I am confident that these in-house promotions will ensure that IAG is in a good position to emerge strong,” Luis Gallego, IAG CEO, said in a statement.
The outbreak of the coronavirus led to an unprecedented blow to air travel, with the pandemic putting the industry at an almost dead end.
More than 40 airlines have failed so far this year, and aviation experts expect more to follow in the coming months.
“I want to thank Alex for everything he has done at British Airways. He worked tirelessly to modernize the airline in the years leading up to its 100th anniversary celebrations. “Since then, it has led the airline in a particularly demanding period and has secured restructuring agreements with the vast majority of employees,” Gallego said.
Cruz, who started his career at American Airlines, became president and CEO of British Airways in April 2016. He was previously CEO of Vueling since 2009 when he merged with Clickair, a Cruz airline founded in 2006.
Cruz will remain non-executive chairman of British Airways, the IAG said. His replacement as CEO of the airline, Doyle, has been with the company since 1998.
Doyle has held various roles at British Airways before being appointed to the airline’s executive management committee in 2016 as network, fleet and alliance manager.
Doyle became CEO of Aer Lingus in January 2019.
“Sean Doyle has extensive experience at British Airways having worked there for 20 years before moving to head Aer Lingus almost two years ago, where he has done an excellent job. I am sure he will continue at British Airways,” IAG Gallego told IAG.
IAG shares fell 0.2% during morning trading, reversing previous gains.
IAG said that Fernando Candela, CEO of LEVEL, will join the Group’s management committee in a new role of transformation director.
At Aer Lingus, Donal Moriarty, the current corporate chief executive, will become the airline’s interim chief executive, the IAG said, adding that a permanent appointment would be announced in due course.