Cruz heads up Clickair

Spanish low-cost start-up Clickair named Alex Cruz chief executive ahead of its launch at the beginning of October. Cruz was previously the head of Accenture’s 200-employee airline division, which owns Navitaire and does a wide variety of consulting work for low-cost carriers including a three-month project for Clickair which resulted in Cruz getting the nod.

The 40-year old has spent his last 11 years in London with Accenture, Arthur D Little, his own consulting company and Sabre, where he was head of Europe, Middle East and Africa. He began his career in 1990 with former Sabre parent American Airlines, where he started in the field services group and spent six years mainly doing software and consulting projects for other carriers worldwide.

“This is my first airline executive job, but I’ve been living this industry for 25 years,” Cruz says.

The Clickair job will allow Cruz to return to his roots – he grew up in the Basque capital Bilbao. Barcelona-based Clickair, which is part-owned by Air Nostrum and Iberia, has adopted what Cruz calls a third-generation low-cost carrier model.

Source: Airline Business