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New Bristol Airport CEO starts new role

Bristol Airport’s new Chief Executive Officer, Dave Lees started his new role on 1st August 2018. Mr Lees formerly Managing Director of Southampton Airport, which during his time at the helm achieved record passenger numbers and high customer satisfaction scores.

Before becoming Managing Director, Mr Lees served as Operations Director and Planning & Development Director at Southampton Airport. Prior to this he was Head of Service Improvement at Heathrow Airport, where he also held roles in operations and engineering. He has a BSc in Transport Management from Loughborough University.

Dave Lees, Chief Executive Officer, Bristol Airport said:

“I am proud, honoured and excited to be joining the Bristol Airport team. The Airport has a great reputation for its route development and network, passenger growth and the vital role it plays in the region. The recent ACI Best Airport in Europe award (5 – 10 million passengers) recognises Bristol’s place within the aviation industry in the UK and across Europe.

“This is an exciting opportunity, and I am looking forward to working with regional stakeholders and communities to build on the Airport’s success and ambitions for the future.”

Currently the ninth busiest airport in the UK, and the fifth largest outside London, Bristol handled over 8.1 million passengers in 2017, an 8 per cent increase on the previous year. Work has started in developing a new Master Plan setting out how the Airport could serve around 20 million passengers per annum by the mid-2040s.

New CEO appointed at Bristol Airport

Bristol Airport have announced that Dave Lees has been appointed as its new Chief Executive Officer. He will be starting his new role on 1 August. Mr Lees is currently the Managing Director of Southampton Airport, which has achieved record passenger numbers and customer satisfaction scores during his time at the helm.

Before becoming Managing Director, Mr Lees served as Operations Director and Planning & Development Director at Southampton Airport.  Prior to this he was Head of Service Improvement at Heathrow Airport, where he also held roles in operations and engineering.   He has a BSc in Transport Management from Loughborough University.

Mr Lees’ appointment follows the departure of Robert Sinclair in October 2017, since which time Bristol Airport’s Chairman, Janis Kong, has been operating as Interim Chief Executive, a role she will continue in until August. Commenting on the appointment of Mr Lees said:

“I look forward to welcoming Dave to Bristol Airport.  He brings with him a track record of success and wide-ranging experience at major UK airports.   Dave joins at an exciting time as we look to the future as part of the process of preparing a new Master Plan.  He joins a successful team which has consistently delivered results for passengers, airline customers and shareholders.”

Commenting on his new role at Bristol Airport, Dave Lees said:

“This is an exciting opportunity, and I am looking forward to working with the team at Bristol to build on the Airport’s success and ambitions for the future.”