Ryanair brings back Malaysia Airlines CEO Peter Bellew as COO to deal with issues that caused the pilot crisis

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Peter Bellew will re-join the airline from December (Source: Getty)

Ryanair has announced the appointment of a new chief operating officer to tackle the problems which led to flight cancellations last month.

Malaysia Airlines chief executive Peter Bellew will re-join the company where he was previously director of flight operations will have special responsibility for pilot training and development alongside other operations responsibilities.

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Ryanair said that he would have "a mission to ensure that the pilot rostering failure which Ryanair suffered in early September will never be repeated."

"Peter has an unrivalled knowledge of our business model and how we maintain controlled growth, with industry leading punctuality, for the benefit of our customers and our people," said Michael O'Leary, Ryanair's chief executive. "

Peter will lead a significant transformation in the way we reward and interact with our pilots, improve their working environment and career development over the coming years as we grow the fleet to some 600 aircraft and expand our traffic, at lower fares, to 200 million customers per year."

Ryanair faced backlash last month after a failure in scheduling holiday for crew meant it was forced to cancel hundreds of flights.

Bellew replaces Michael Hickey, who resigned following the controversy. He will take up his new position in Dublin at the beginning of December.

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