EasyJet is expected to begin the search for a new boss next week when it confirms that Carolyn McCall is stepping down to lead ITV, according to reports.
The airline will look at both internal and external candidates to replace McCall, who is expected to step down after seven years on the job, Sky News' Mark Kleinman reported today.
McCall's move to succeed Adam Crozier at ITV was "all but signed" and will be announced as early as Monday morning, sources told Sky News.
EasyJet chairman John Barton is said to be confident of being able to find a replacement for the top job at Britain's biggest airline by passenger numbers. Obvious potential successors include Peter Duffy, the company's commercial director, and Andrew Findlay, its chief financial officer.
McCall's departure is not expected until the end of the year.
EasyJet announced yesterday it had applied for a new air operator certificate in Austria to allow it to continue flying in the EU after Brexit. The carrier will establish a new airline, EasyJet Europe, which will be headquartered in Vienna.
EasyJet did not immediately respond to a request for comment.