Ryanair begins legal action against chief operating officer

Ryanair has taken legal action against departing chief operating officer Peter Bellew, according to court documents.

The Court Service of Ireland´s said Ryanair DAC v Bellew was filed with Ireland´s High Court on 6 August. No further details are provided, but Peter Bellew is listed as the defendant.

Bellew confirmed in mid-July that he would be leaving Ryanair at the end of this year. A week later, low-cost rival EasyJet disclosed during its third-quarter results presentation that he would be taking its vacant chief operating officer role.

Ryanair said it would not expect any senior manager in Ryanair to be moving to a competitive airline for a reasonably long period of time.

EasyJet chief executive Johan Lundgren said on 18 July that Bellew´s starting date with the carrier was yet to be confirmed.