New operations chief to join Southampton airport

A new operations director is to join Southampton airport after five years at Manchester Airports Group.

Gavin Williams will lead all day-to-day activities when he moves to the south coast airport on February 26.

A number of new routes and service improvements have been introduced following the completion of a runway extension in August last year.

EasyJet started services to Glasgow and Belfast in October and November respectively. The airline has also announced plans to operate three sun routes to Faro, Alicante and Palma this summer. 

KLM is also adding a third daily flight to its Amsterdam Schiphol hub.

Williams replaces Mark Beveridge, who has acted as interim operations director since September, and returns to his operations role at Aberdeen airport.

Ronald Leitch, chief operating officer at AGS Airports, which owns Southampton, Aberdeen and Glasgow airports, said: “We are delighted to welcome Gavin to our leadership team. His extensive knowledge and expertise will undoubtedly strengthen our operational capabilities, ensuring that Southampton airport remains a preferred choice for passengers and airlines alike.

“Following the completion of the runway extension last year and a number of subsequent route announcements at Southampton, Gavin joins the airport at an exciting time and I look forward to working with him.”

Williams said: “I am really looking forward to joining the AGS Airports team and building on Southampton airport’s important role as a gateway for growth for the central south region.

“The opportunity to lead the fantastic team at Southampton airport and to help build on the current positive momentum following the completion of the runway extension is one I am relishing.

“It is a hugely exciting time and 2024 is shaping up to be a big year at the airport as we look to attract even more new routes and deliver further improvements to the customer experience.”

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