MYTRAVEL chief executive UK and Ireland Duncan Wilson has
quit, claiming his role ‘has come to a natural conclusion’.

The beleaguered operator’s chief operating officer Philip
Jansen will take over his responsibilities, although Wilson will remain
employed by MyTravel for a short handover period.

Wilson, who became UK chief executive in April 2002, was
rumoured to be facing the axe in two newspapers last weekend. MyTravel will
release its full-year results on Thursday with the City predicting losses of
anywhere between £250 million-£300 million before goodwill and exceptional

Group chief executive Peter McHugh said: “I am pleased that
in Duncan’s new position we will be able to draw on his long experience of the
travel industry. Philip Jansen has a pivotal role to play in the turnaround of
MyTravel and it is appropriate he should have ‘hands-on’ control of the core UK

Meanwhile, tour operations aviation director Bill McGrorty
will also leave the company at the end of the year for personal reasons. There
are no plans to replace him and his role will be split between MyTravel Airways
and the Airtours Holidays commercial team.