Neil Slaven has been promoted by easyJet to the role of UK country director.

He steps up after eight years with the budget carrier across roles in network development, airport procurement and overseeing commercial business in London. He previously worked for Jet2 as network planning manager.

Slaven will be responsible for driving the strategic direction and commercial success of easyJet in the UK, which incorporates more than 160 aircraft, 18 airports and 11 bases.

He reports to group markets director Thomas Haagensen, who said: “Neil has a wealth of knowledge of easyJet especially in the UK market and has a track record in delivering commercially-focused improvements.

“I am delighted that he will bring this experience to this key UK role.”

Slaven said: “As the UK’s largest airline easyJet plays an important role in the UK aviation industry and I look forward to working with all our stakeholders as we continue to grow and invest in the UK.”

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