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Peter Bellew is leaving Easyjet two and a half years after the exit of high-profile Ryanair

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Irish aviation manager Peter Bellew has resigned from Easyjet two and a half years after leaving Ryanair to join the British carrier, which ended in the High Court in Dublin.

In a stock exchange statement on Monday, EasyJet said that Peter Bellew has resigned as chief operating officer (COO), effective July 1St to pursue other business opportunities.

“The Board would like to thank Peter for his hard work over the past two and a half years and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

In 2019, Ryanair launched a lawsuit against Peter Bellew, citing a 12-month non-competition clause after he left the airline to join Easyjet.

However, in an important labor law court decision, the Dublin court found that the non-compete clause in the contract was too broad to be enforceable.

Judge Senan Allen, ruling in favor of Peter Bellew, told the court that the non-compete clause in Mr Bellew’s contract was “void and unenforceable as an unjustified restriction on trade”.

The judge said Mr Bellew “voluntarily agreed” to the terms of the contract and was “not treated unfairly or unreasonably” by Ryanair while he was employed there.

However, the judge said the broad nature of the non-compete clause “would prevent the defendant (Mr Bellew) from taking up employment with any European airline, including legacy airlines, going beyond what the plaintiff (Ryanair) has shown be justified”.

Bellew had left his previous role as Malaysia Airlines CEO two years earlier to return to Ryanair, where he had been director of flight operations before leaving in 2014.

Now he’s moving on again. On Monday, Easyjet announced that David Morgan has been appointed to head the operational function as interim COO, reporting directly to CEO Johan Lundgren.

Johan Lundgren, CEO of easyJet commented:

“I want to thank Peter for his hard work and wish him all the best. Everyone at easyJet remains absolutely focused on ensuring safe and reliable operations this summer.

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