Manchester Airport appoints managing director

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Chris Woodroofe has been appointed as the managing director of Manchester Airport in the UK.

Woodroofe joins from traffic management provider Chevron Traffic Management, where he had overall responsibility for the company’s operational performance and driving growth. He was previously chief operating officer at London Gatwick Airport from 2016 to 2020, where he oversaw a step-change in passenger experience and a major program of operational improvements. Prior to that, Woodroofe held a number of senior roles at the airport, including in customer service, security and engineering.

Woodroofe, who is originally from Widnes in the Northwest of England, will start in his new role on June 15 and will be supported by Ian Costigan who will continue to oversee the airport’s operational functions, having been interim managing director since April.

Woodroofe said, “I’m delighted to be joining Manchester Airport as its new managing director, and look forward to working with the team to lead its recovery and drive the airport forward as the North’s global gateway. With the airport’s new Terminal 2 facilities and huge opportunities to attract new routes that enhance the North’s international connectivity, this really is an exciting time to be joining Manchester Airport. Having taken my first ever flight from Manchester Airport as a child, I am looking forward to relocating back to the region and can’t wait to get started.”

Ken O’Toole, deputy chief executive of the airport’s operating company, Manchester Airport Group (MAG), said, “It is great to have someone with Chris’s aviation experience joining us as managing director of Manchester Airport. We want customer service to be at the heart of everything we do, and with Chris leading the recovery, we’ve got the right team in place to deliver on that commitment.”

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