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Ruling on Ryanair bid to delay COO's easyJet move set for December 23

FILE PHOTO: Peter Bellew, former COO of Ryanair leaves the Four Courts in Dublin

DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Irish High Court will rule on Monday Dec. 23 on whether Ryanair <RYA.I> can prevent its operations chief Peter Bellew from joining arch-rival easyJet <EZJ.L> until 2021, a court official said on Friday.

Ryanair has argued that Bellew possesses information of competitive value and that he is bound by a non-compete clause.

Former Malaysia Airlines boss Bellew denies he is subject to the clause and plans to start working with the British airline at the start of 2020 after completing a six-month notice period.

The verdict had been due on Friday, but was delayed, the official said.


(Reporting by Conor Humphries; editing by David Evans)