Newcastle International Airport Ltd has confirmed the appointment of Nick Jones as Chief Executive. Nick has served in the role of interim Chief Executive since May 2016, having joined in 2015 as Chief Financial Officer.
Nick takes up his role at a time when the North East’s largest airport is experiencing its strongest growth in almost a decade. During 2016, passenger numbers grew by 6% and a number of new routes were announced.
Prior to joining the airport, Nick spent six years as CFO at North East headquartered Aesica Pharmaceuticals. He began his career at Price Waterhouse where he spent 13 years, most recently as a Corporate Finance Director in its Manchester office.
Nick said: “I am delighted to be confirmed as Chief Executive at one of the UK’s most successful airports. I am passionate about the North East region and my aim will be to further improve connectivity for businesses as well as providing popular holiday destinations for people in the region. I also want to ensure we build upon our reputation for providing the most welcoming customer experience.”
Councillor Iain Malcolm, Leader of South Tyneside Council and Chair of the LA7 Airport Holding Company, said: “On behalf of the Local Authority Shareholders, I am pleased that Nick Jones has accepted the offer to lead the airport at this important time. Our region needs a strong international gateway airport, generating huge benefits for the economy and many thousands of jobs. We look forward to working with Nick and his team to secure these outcomes.”
David Rees of AMP Capital said: “AMP Capital is thrilled Nick has accepted the role of Chief Executive. His solid operations and management experience will ensure Newcastle International Airport remains a successful and growing business for the benefit of both customers and shareholders.”