Aviation needs to address arguments over Brexit

In an era when business leaders are said to be shorn of personality and charisma the British aviation market stands out as an exception. Dame Carolyn McCall, the outgoing CEO of easyJet, is a case in point (declaration time – she was the CEO when I chaired the Guardian Media Group).  

Where once she was derided by her peers, namely equally charismatic Michael O’Leary of Ryanair, as a “media luvvie” she is now moving on to take the helm at ITV with his thanks for raising standards in the no-frills segment of the market. Her departure from Luton’s open-plan hangar-cum-distinctly non-media workstation was also mourned by Willie Walsh, CEO at IAG, who praised the job she had done at easyJet.  

She leaves in her condensation trail an industry that is struggling to come to terms with the impact of Brexit, and which has perhaps more than any other taken advantage of European integration over the…


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