Leeds airport boss steps down from role

After almost 10 years at the helm, the public face of Leeds Bradford Airport, Tony Hallwood, has made the decision to step down.

Over the last 9 years, Tony has overseen tremendous growth. During his tenure, the airport has expanded significantly, taken on new flight destinations and seen the number of passengers flying from Leeds and Bradford soar.

Tony went on to tell Yorkshire Evening Post: “After nine enjoyable years at Leeds Bradford Airport, I will be stepping down from my role as aviation development director at the end of June. I am immensely proud of my achievements at LBA in driving record passenger growth from 2.6 to 3.6 million and delivering a string of major route development successes for the Leeds City Region and Yorkshire. “Securing new based capacity from Ryanair and Monarch, the reintroduction of BA and Aer Lingus alongside Jet2.com’s and Flybe’s growth has helped ensure the continued success of Leeds Bradford Airport.”

The announcement of Mr Hallwood’s departure comes soon after the news that LBA’s bosses published their “vision for the future of Leeds Bradford Airport” which outlined the airport’s plans up until 2030. These plans foresee how LBA intend on meeting the needs of an anticipated 7.1 million passengers to pass through the airport’s doors over the next 10 years. Aims have also been set out to improve infrastructure over the next 13 years including support for an airport Parkway station on the Harrogate-Leeds railway line and a new road link between the A658 and A65 in Leeds.

He added he had enjoyed developing and strengthening relationships across the media during his nine years at the airport. “I will be moving back to my family in Manchester and I am looking forward to taking an active role in my wife’s growing business – Marketing Profile,” he added.

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