WILLIE WALSH OF BRITISH AIRWAYS STEPS DOWN

, Magazine

Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, has announced he is stepping down.

He is set to retire from this position and from the board of IAG ON 30 June.

Mr. Welsh who was described by Antonio Vazquez, IAG’s chairman as one of the “main drivers” of the project said it had been a privilege to have worked on the creation of IAG.

IAG was created out of a merger by British Airways (BA) and Iberia.

Willie Walsh, chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG), the owner of British Airways, has announced he is to step down.

He is set to retire from this position and from the board of IAG ON 30 June.

Mr. Welsh who was described by Antonio Vazquez, IAG’s chairman as one of the “main drivers” of the project said it had been a privilege to have worked on the creation of IAG.

IAG was created out of a merger by British Airways (BA) and Iberia.

He ends a 15-year career with the IAG group where he served as British Airways boss since 2005.

Mr. Walsh said: “It has been a privilege to have been instrumental in the creation and development of IAG. I have had the pleasure of working with many exceptional people over the past 15 years at British Airways and at IAG.”

Willie Walsh is a long-standing figure in the aviation industry and will step down from the role in March before retiring in June this year.

He started his work progress in flight operations before being appointed as Chief Executive of Aer Lingus in 2001.

Luis Gallego, head of the group’s Spanish division, Iberia, since 2014, will succeed Mr Walsh.

He said: “It is a huge honour to lead this great company. It is an exciting time at IAG and I am confident that we can build on the strong foundations created by Willie.”

Luis is coming in at a very torrid time for the British Airways that saw its Pilots go on strike in a long-running pay dispute.

Last year, dozens of British Airways flights were delayed or cancelled due to “technical issue”. The airline also faced a fine customer data breach in July.