A new Aviation Development Director has been appointed at Leeds Bradford Airport, who will make a switch to the site after an 18 year legacy at Newcastle Airport.
Chris Saunders was an experienced network planner and revenue manager, having worked in various information management departments for British Airways before kicking off his career at Newcastle Airport. Chris also had a stint working in the UK rail industry for InterCity.
Sanders said: “I am delighted to join the team at LBA 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 CEO 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.
Mr Saunders has picked up the management of Leeds Bradford Airport baton at a great time, with huge improvements being seen in recent years. The site currently flies to over 70 destinations in 25 countries whilst passenger numbers have jumped 6% over the last 12 months to 3.7 million. BBC analysis of Civil Aviation Authority figures highlight how LBA is one of the top UK airports for few flight delays. It was reported that the Leeds airport has average delays of 10 minutes, compared to Gatwick Airport which has 27 minutes on average.
David Laws, chief executive of Leeds Bradford Airport, 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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