London. British Airways CEO Alex Cruz was fired after 4 1/2 years in office, amid a pandemic that is dealing a severe blow to airlines around the world.
Cruz was replaced by Sean Doyle, former head of Aer Lingus, another company in the group, BA’s parent company International Consolidated Airlines Group announced on Monday.
BA has come under fire in recent months for its handling of the 12,000 job cuts related to the pandemic. The firm’s passenger traffic fell 95% from a year earlier in the second quarter of the year, leading to losses in the first half of $ 4.77 billion.
Airlines around the world have seen passenger numbers plummet after governments imposed travel restrictions, and due to concerns about flight safety during the pandemic.
Cruz told the House of Commons transportation committee this year that BA was “fighting for its own survival.”