New Aviation Director appointed at Leeds Bradford Airport (From Ilkley Gazette)

LEEDS Bradford Airport has appointed a new Aviation Development Director.

Chris Sanders has succeeded Tony Hallwood, who stood down earlier this summer after nine years in charge, in the role.

Mr Sanders has a wealth of experience in the aviation sector and previously spent 18 years at Newcastle Airport, most recently as the Aviation Development Director.

Before that he had started his career at British Airways working in their network planning, revenue management and information management departments.

He then worked in the UK rail industry for long distance operator InterCity and, at the time of rail privatisation, moved to York to work on the East Coast route where his final position was that of Commercial Manager for GNER.

Mr Sanders said: “I am delighted to join the team at Leeds Bradford Airport as the airport continues to celebrate record passenger numbers.”This is down to the dedication shown by the staff working here.

“Of course there is room for improvement, but that is the exciting phase this business is embarking upon under the leadership of recently appointed Chief Executive Officer David Laws.

“Having spent a number of years previously living and working in Yorkshire, I am aware of how important the airport should be to the people and businesses of the region.

“I look forward to making sure that we continue to improve for business and leisure communities in and around Yorkshire.

“The more this airport is used then the easier it becomes to grow existing routes and attract new services which will help increase this region’s connectivity.

“I want LBA to be an airport we can all be proud of for its contribution to the regional economy.”

The airport currently operates to more than 70 destinations in 25 countries and has increased passenger numbers by 6 per cent over the last 12 months, to 3.7 million.

Chief Executive Officer David Laws said: “I am delighted to welcome Chris Sanders to the airport as we continue our development.

“I have worked with Chris for a number of years and know he shares my passion for aviation development.

“We now have the widest choice of flights available from LBA and our aim is to ensure we offer the very best choice of destinations for both business and leisure passengers.”

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