Jens Ritter will join the management of Eurowings as chief operating officer on April 1st. He is currently chief operating officer and part of the extended management board at Austrian Airlines.
Low-cost carriers in Europe are reacting to a second wave of Covid-19 across the continent and the associated travel restrictions and quarantine requirements.
Eurowings has said it will replace about 95 per cent of the program offered by the departing Ryanair at Düsseldorf Airport from next month.
In addition to his function as head of sales, distribution and digital at Eurowings, Michael Erfert will also become managing director of the Eurowings digital subsidiary.
Eurowings is significantly increasing its flight programme for both business and leisure travellers this summer as the coronavirus pandemic recedes in Europe. The low-cost carrier will fly to 80 per cent of its destinations during the season.
The carrier has maintained a basic level of service from Düsseldorf, Hamburg, Cologne/Bonn and Stuttgart throughout the coronavirus pandemic, and is now looking to expand.
Over the coming weeks the low-cost carrier is seeking to bring tens of thousands of workers from elsewhere in the European Union to the country to help with collecting crops.
Jens Bischof has taken over leadership of Cologne-based Eurowings. The 54-year-old will take over as chairman of the management board and chief executive of the second largest airline in the Lufthansa Group.
Currently vice president sales and managing director of Eurowings Digital, Oliver Schmitt will also join the executive board when he takes up the role at the start of March.
In a crowded low-cost marketplace, Eurowings has failed to find a sustainable role. In an attempt to revive its fortunes, Lufthansa said today the low-cost carrier will be given be a clear focus on short-haul, point-to-point operations.