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O‘Leary wanted me out, I was a dead man walking, says Bellew

Outgoing chief operations officer Bellew defends move to rival EasyJet in high stakes High Court case

15th December, 2019
Peter Bellew, Ryanair’s outgoing chief operations officer, arriving at the High Court where he is involved in a case taken by Ryanair to prevent him going to rival EasyJet before 2021 Picture: Sam Boal/

As thousands of people across Europe waited to find out if their Christmas would be affected by Ryanair pilot strikes, Michael O’Leary made, in his words, a “momentous” decision.

He called two of his most senior executives home from London, and such was the urgency he sent the company Learjet to pick them up for an eleventh-hour meeting in Ryanair‘s head office.

The two men discussed the situation on...

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