Bristol Airport appoints new CEO
Bristol Airport’s new Chief Executive Officer, Dave Lees has now started his role at the company. Lees was formerly the 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, 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.