Flybe chief executive Saad Hammad leaves airline

Flybe chief executive Saad Hammad leaves airline

Flybe’s chief executive Saad Hammad has left the business by mutual consent with immediate effect.

The airline’s board has started its search for a new chief executive to fill the void as it prepares to announce its latest half-year results.

Simon Laffin, non-executive chairman, has taken the role of executive chairman until Hammad’s replacement is appointed.

Hammad joined Flybe in August 2013.

Flybe will announce its half-year results for the period to September 30 on November 9.

Simon Laffin said: “The Board would like to thank Saad for his energy and drive which has been a major contributor towards Flybe's transformation over the last three years. He mapped out a clear vision for the Group and led it to a significantly stronger position. We wish him well for his next challenge.

“Whilst the whole aviation industry faces a challenging market environment, Flybe remains well placed. Our strategy remains to focus on regional routes and to provide an excellent service to our customers."

Saad Hammad said: "I am very proud of what we have achieved over the last three years with a major turnaround in Flybe. Now is the right time for me to move on to a fresh challenge. I would like to thank all company employees for their hard work, passion and commitment and wish them all the best."

Brian Strutton, general secretary of the pilots union Balpa, said: “We’re sorry to hear that chief executive Saad Hammad will be moving on from Flybe.

“We’ve enjoyed a good relationship with him and he has had a positive impact on the airline during his three years. We wish him well for the future.

“Balpa hopes that a new chief executive is found soon so we can begin to build new relationships and ensure our members in Flybe have some stability in their senior management team.”

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