Lord Rowe-Beddoe, chairman of Cardiff International Airport Ltd, praised him for steering the gateway through the first phase of the path to re-establish the Welsh airport’s fortunes.
“This includes halting the decline in passenger numbers, establishing good and improving customer service and overseeing the physical transformation of the terminal as well as securing CityJet and the return of Ryanair to the airport.
“The board is grateful to Jon for all that he has done in laying the foundations for our future, we have agreed that whilst he will not continue his executive role, he will be available to the board as an advisor,” Lord Rowe-Beddoe explains.
Jon Horne, chief Executive of Cardiff Airport, says he “extremely grateful” for the opportunity he has had to work with a great team at Cardiff Airport, who he says have delivered a lot in a short space of time.
He adds: “There is still much work to be done, but I have agreed with the chairman that a new perspective will be beneficial for the next stage of development and as such I have concluded my executive involvement.”
Lord Rowe-Beddoe has also announced that operations director, Debra Barber, has been appointed in the interim as managing director: "I am delighted that Ms Barber has accepted this position. We are all looking forward to working with her and drawing on her leadership expertise in her new role.
“Cardiff Airport has made a strong start on the journey back to success and I am sure that Debra will take the business to the next level in its growth.”
Barber will lead the airport’s executive team, and her previous experience, includes playing a leading role in the commercial development and expansion of Basrah International Airport in Iraq.
She comments: “Our priority is to return the business to its previous level of success and beyond, focusing on increasing passenger number and enhancing the number of destinations on offer.
“We want the people of Wales to be proud of their airport and for them, along with visitors to our country, to have a wonderful experience when using it.”