COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The chief executive and co-founder of Norwegian Air Shuttle is retiring with immediate effect, saying he is "way over on overtime" to explain his departure.
The 72-year-old Bjoern Kjos had been CEO for the past 17 years and turned the small domestic carrier into a global low-cost airline.
The Oslo-based company reported quarterly results Thursday with reduced growth and improved profitability, and the grounding in March of its 18 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft after two deadly crashes "has affected demand, operating expenses and production negatively."
The group said the negative impact on full-year results is expected to be approximately 700 million kroner ($81 million).
Geir Karlsen, Norwegian's chief financial officer, is replacing him in the interim until the group appoints a new CEO.