He joined Heathrow in March 2008, and explains that after six years at the helm, he has decided to ‘pass on the baton’.
Heathrow says, under his leadership the proportion of passengers rating their journey through the airport as good or excellent, has increased from less than 50% to more than 75%.
And it says Terminal 5 has been voted by passengers as the world’s best airport terminal for the past three years, while a brand new Terminal 2, is set to open in June.
In December, Heathrow’s option of a third runway as the answer to increase airport capacity in the South East of the UK, was short-listed by the Airports Commission.
Colin Matthews says: “It has been a privilege to serve as CEO of Heathrow for the last six years. With a strong leadership team, the company continues to raise standards of passenger service, improve efficiency and reduce costs.
“The opening of Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal in June this year is a further important step in the transformation of Heathrow and long-term prospects are bright following the decision of the Airports Commission to shortlist our proposal for a new runway.
“So once Terminal 2 has opened later this year, I have decided the time is right to pass on the baton.”
Colin Matthews with the then UK's Secretary of State for Transport, Justin Greening, at 2012's T2 topping out ceremony.
Sir Nigel Rudd, chairman of Heathrow, says a search has commenced for his successor, with the aim of appointing a new chief executive sometime later this year, after Terminal 2 opens.
He adds: “Colin has done a fantastic job of improving Heathrow for passengers and will remain as chief executive until his successor is in place to ensure a smooth transition.”