Oscar Munoz, the chief executive officer of United Continental Holdings Inc., interrupted his recuperation from a heart attack to visit workers at the airline’s operations center on Thanksgiving.

United confirmed the visit to the Chicago facility and declined to provide further details. Munoz, 56, suffered the heart attack in mid-October, a month after being chosen to succeed Jeff Smisek as CEO. United declined to say whether the visit was Munoz’s first appearance with workers since he fell ill.

“Our team was happy to see Oscar and his family for the holiday, and we look forward to his return next year,” Karen May, a United spokeswoman, said Friday. The airline has said Munoz would return to work in the first quarter of next year.

Brett Hart, United’s general counsel, has been serving as interim CEO.


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Photo Credit: United CEO Oscar Munoz in a promotional video. United Airlines