THE owners of Liverpool John Lennon Airport have appointed Matthew Thomas as the new new chief executive.
He will take up the role on March 1, having held a number of senior airport positions both in the UK and internationally.
Mr Thomas currently works as the commercial director for the Vantage Airport Group, the parent company of JLA.
Outgoing chief Craig Richmond will leave the post to take up a senior position within the Vantage Airport Group network in Cyprus.
Mr Richmond said: “This is an exciting time for Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
“There were a number of announcements made towards the end of last year, including new routes from Ryanair and easyJet and the signing of a long-term deal with Wizz Air.
“We also came to an agreement with Norwegian – Europe’s third largest low cost airline that will see them commence flights from Liverpool for the first time, with a service to Copenhagen in the spring.”
The appointment of Matthew Thomas sees the third chief executive in as many years.
In 2010 Peel Airports chief executive Mark Whitworth stood down and was replaced by Craig Richmond following Vancouver Airport Group (now Vantage) buying a controlling 65% stake in Peel Airports, in a deal believed to be worth around £170m.
Former deputy chief executive of Peel Airports, Neil Pakey, remained to ease the transition and now works within Vantage’s global network.
Vantage Airports UK is the new name for the partnership between Vantage Airport Group and The Peel Group which jointly own Liverpool John Lennon Airport.
The new branding aligns the company more closely with majority shareholder Vantage Airport Group.
The rebranding is also linked to the formation of a new subsidiary company, Vantage Air Traffic Services (Vantage ATS).
This provides Air Traffic Services for Liverpool, Doncaster Sheffield and Durham Tees Valley airports.
The distinctive branding for Liverpool John Lennon Airport will remain unchanged.