Irish aviation executive Peter Bellew has resigned from EasyJet two and a half years after he left Ryanair to join the British airline, which ended up in the High Court in Dublin.
In a stock exchange announcement on Monday, EasyJet said Peter Bellew has resigned as Chief Operating Officer (COO) with effect from July 1.scheduled tribe 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 for his future endeavours.”
In 2019 Ryanair launched legal action against Peter Belew, citing a 12-month non-compete clause after he left the airline to join EasyJet.
However, in an important legal decision for labor law, the court in Dublin found that the non-compete clause in the contract was too broad to apply.
Searching for Peter Bellew, Justice Senan Allen told the court that the non-compete clause in Mr Bellew’s contract was “void and unenforceable in the form of unreasonable restraint of business”.
The judge said Mr Bellew had “freely agreed” to the terms of the contract and that he was “not treated unfairly or unfairly” while Ryanair was employed there.
However, the judge said that the broad nature of the non-compete clause would “prevent the defendant (Mr Bellev) from taking employment with any European airline, including legacy carriers, and therefore beyond what the plaintiff (Ryanair) has shown.” is justified”.
Belew left his previous role as CEO of Malaysia Airlines two years ago to return to Ryanair, where he was director of flight operations before leaving in 2014.
Now he is walking again. On Monday, Easyjet said David Morgan has been appointed to lead the operations function as interim COO, reporting directly to CEO Johan Lundgren.
EasyJet CEO Johan Lundgren commented:
“I want to thank Peter for his hard work and wish him well. Everyone at EasyJet is completely focused on delivering a safe and reliable operation this summer.