The incoming chief executive of International Airlines Group (IAG)’s low-cost  carrier LEVEL has begun his new role.

Fernando Candela, who had been chief executive of Iberia Express for six years, assumed the role today, replacing Vincent Hodder.

Candela was previously director of planning and management control at regional Spanish airline Air Nostrum.

Luis Gallego, chairman of Iberia and LEVEL, said: “I would like to thank Vincent for the good job he has done in leading LEVEL to this point and welcome Fernando into his new role.

“Fernando has a fantastic track record at developing low cost brands allied with strong leadership skills. I am confident he will continue to develop the LEVEL operations and brand”.

Carlos Gómez Suárez, currently chief operating officer at Iberia Express, will become interim chief executive at the airline following Candela’s move.

LEVEL has long-haul bases in Barcelona and Paris Orly and short-haul bases in Vienna and Amsterdam.