EasyJet chief operating officer Chris Browne has taken early retirement due to her husband’s ill health, the airline has confirmed.

Director of flight operations David Morgan has been appointed interim head of operations and Browne will “remain available” to the airline until the end of June.

Browne joined easyJet in 2016 from Tui, where she led First Choice Airways and Thomson Airways as managing director and then took on the expanded role of chief operating officer of the company’s aviation division.

She was awarded an OBE for services to aviation in 2013.

Johan Lundgren, chief executive of easyJet, said: “Chris has contributed immensely to the airline in her time here and I am very grateful for all her dedication, hard work and inspirational leadership.”