Aer Lingus chairman Colm Barrington has assumed, with immediate effect, executive responsibility for strategic matters as the airline confirms that chief executive Christoph Mueller is to leave earlier than previously planned.

Mueller, who is moving to the top job at Malaysia Airlines, had been due to exit Aer Lingus in May, but the departure date has been brought forward to 28 February, confirms the Irish flag carrier.

Barrington will assume full executive responsibility on 1 March if a new chief executive is not in place at that point. In addition to chairing Aer Lingus, Barrington serves as chief executive of FLY Leasing.

Source: Cirium Dashboard