Ryanair executive Peter Bellew works his notice as airline sues him
Ryanair chief operations officer Peter Bellew is continuing to work out his notice period at the airline despite the carrier launching legal action against the executive.
The airline is suing Mr Bellew after he agreed last month to join rival carrier easyJet.
Mr Bellew declined to comment on the legal action. Ryanair also said it would not comment.
The legal spat, first reported by Fora.ie, is likely to relate to a contractual issue, according to the news website.
The airline announced last month that Mr Bellew was leaving the carrier, but would remain until December.
Days later easyJet said Mr Bellew will join the airline as its chief operating officer.
The action against Mr Bellew was launched in the Dublin High Court by Ryanair on Tuesday.
The carrier is being represented by Dublin-based law firm Philip Lee.
Mr Bellew rejoined Ryanair in 2017 as the carrier endured a pilot rostering debacle. Immediately prior to joining Ryanair, Mr Bellew had been chief executive of Malaysia Airlines. He had formerly been the head of sales and marketing at Ryanair, and its deputy head of flight operations.
He was widely tipped as a leading contender to take over the Ryanair chief executive role this year from Michael O'Leary, who's becoming group chief executive.
When Ryanair announced Mr Bellew's departure, the executive was lauded by Mr O'Leary.