Aer Lingus boss Sean Doyle appointed as British Airways CEO

Changes made as the airline faces a huge crisis due to low levels of flying

                                

Airline group IAG has promoted Aer Lingus boss Sean Doyle to head British Airways, replacing CEO Alex Cruz with immediate effect.

Cruz who had been with BA since 2016  will stay on as its non-executive chairman for a transition period, before Doyle takes his role, IAG said.

Doyle will see return to BA where he worked as director of network, fleet and alliances before leaving for Aer Lingus in 2019.

The changes come as the airline faces a huge crisis due to low levels of flying caused by the pandemic. 

Last month IAG raised €2.74bn ($3.24bn, £2.45bn) to reduce its debt and help it survive the pandemic. 

BA is also cutting 13,000 staff and has faced scrutiny from staff and MPs who say the airline has been following a fire and hire policy which has left employees with up to 50 per cent pay cuts.

The change in management is one of the first major moves by IAG chief executive Luis Gallego, who took over last month.

Gallego and Cruz previously worked together at Spanish airline Vueling, now also owned by IAG.

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