Leeds Bradford Airport in West Yorkshire has appointed Chris Sanders as its new aviation development director. Sanders will begin the role with immediate effect and brings with him a wealth of experience in the airport sector, having previously spent eighteen years at Newcastle Airport with his most recent role as aviation development director.
Before moving to Newcastle Airport, Sanders began his career at British Airways working in its network planning, revenue management and information management departments. He then worked in the UK rail industry for long distance operator InterCity. At the time of rail privatization, Sanders moved to York to work on the East Coast route, his final position being commercial manager for GNER.
Speaking about the appointment, Sanders said, “I am delighted to join the team at Leeds Bradford Airport as it 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. I look forward to making sure that we continue to improve for business and leisure communities in and around Yorkshire. The more this airport is used then the easier it becomes to grow existing routes and attract new services which will help increase this region’s connectivity.”
The airport currently handles flights to more than 70 destinations in 25 countries and has grown passenger numbers by 6% over the last 12 months to 3.7 million passengers. Leeds Bradford Airport is a major contributor to the economic development of the region and new investment is underway to improve and expand the operations.
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 the airport and our aim is to ensure we offer the very best choice of destinations for both business and leisure passengers.”