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British Airways CEO resigns because the airline tackles "the trade's worst disaster".

British Airways' announcement fell short of some frequent flyers who expressed their disappointment online.

Scott Barbour

British Airways Chairman and CEO Alex Cruz will step down as chief executive of the airline's parent company IAG on Monday. Aer Lingus Chairman and CEO Sean Doyle will take over the helm after a transition period.

"We are in the worst of our industry's crisis and I am confident that these internal promotions will ensure that IAG is well placed to perform in a strong position," said IAG CEO Luis Gallego in a statement.

"I would like to thank Alex for everything he has done at British Airways. He worked tirelessly to modernize the airline in the years leading up to its 100th anniversary. Since then, he has led the airline through a particularly challenging period and has worked with the the vast majority of employees entered into restructuring agreements, "Gallego said.

"Sean Doyle has extensive experience with British Airways, having worked there for 20 years before joining Aer Lingus almost two years ago where he did an excellent job. I am confident that this will continue with British Airways."

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