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New boss at London City Airport

Alison FitzGerald has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) at London City Airport (LCY). 

She takes over at a very challenging time following the abrupt departure of the previous Managing Director, Robert Sinclair, who unexpectedly jumped ship last December to take up the post of CEO HS1. the Kent rail link.

Planning approval for a change of opening hours was recently turned down by the local council.  Mayor Khan is no friend of the airport and figures published by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) for April show zero growth over the last 12 months (most airports are forecasting up to 10%).  The airport moved 5.1 million passengers in 2019, but only 3.4 million last year.  The lack of an Elizabeth Line interface at the old Silvertown for London City station site is considered a negative factor.  The airport is owed by the Kuwait Investment Authority and a group of Canadian pension funds.

FitzGerald began her unique journey at LCY over a decade ago, joining as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in January 2014. Since then, and in her role as COO, she has been responsible for leading the airport’s success in becoming the first major UK airport to have ready next generation CT security scanners for its passengers, enabling travellers to pass through security without removing laptops and liquids from their hand luggage, the implementation of the world’s first major Digital Air Traffic Control Tower, and has worked with aircraft manufacturers and airlines to enable the introduction of next generation aircraft into the airport.

In her new role as CEO, FitzGerald’s key priorities will include continuing to grow the business by working with new and existing airlines to offer further destinations to passengers and build on LCY’s excellent punctuality, speed of service and award-winning customer experience.

See also London City Airport - What next? in May's TNU.  


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