Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) in the UK has appointed David Noyes as chair, effective April 1, 2023.
Noyes’ role will be to focus on developing the airport and improving the passenger experience and oversee the execution of LBA’s infrastructure and growth strategy.
Noyes joins the airport with industry expertise gained in the leisure and transportation sectors. In addition to his roles as CEO of Gray Dawes Travel, Cunard and P&O Cruises between 2008 and 2018, Noyes previously held multiple senior positions at British Airways where he became managing director for British Airways (BA) at Heathrow Airport and director of customer services, with responsibility for BA’s airport operations worldwide. Since stepping down from his CEO role in 2018, he has been appointed to several boards as a non-executive director or chair, including as a non-executive director at London Luton Airport.
The appointment comes as Andy Clarke steps down from the position, at the end of his planned four-year tenure. Clarke, said, “I am delighted to have been associated with the airport for the last four years, Yorkshire is an important part of my heritage and I have been proud to work toward creating the airport that Yorkshire deserves. We now have a strong management team in place to continue that journey as the focus turns more toward infrastructure development and sustainable growth.”
Noyes said, “I am very happy to be joining the board of Leeds Bradford Airport and returning to Yorkshire where I was brought up, schooled and learned my cricket. The airport has an exciting development agenda and I look forward to leading the creation of an outstanding airport, connecting Yorkshire to the world.”
Vincent Hodder, CEO of Leeds Bradford Airport, said, “We thank Andy Clarke for his services to Leeds Bradford Airport and for the legacy he leaves, delivering a strong commercial outlook and returning the airport to pre-pandemic levels. LBA is embarking on an exciting period of development as we look to enhance our passenger experience and move toward a net-zero future. David will be crucial in supporting us to achieve those ambitions. We look forward to welcoming him and collaborating to make LBA the outstanding, modern, regional airport our passengers deserve.”
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