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Belfast International Airport appoints new MD

Graham Keddie has been appointed as managing director of Belfast International Airport effective from September 1.

He joins the gateway from Hermes Airports where he was executive commercial manager, responsible for all commercial revenue at Larnaca and Paphos airports in Cyprus.

Keddie, who is a qualified lawyer, has over 25 years’ experience across all sectors of the aviation industry in a variety of senior leadership positions, including as CEO of Bahrain Airport Services and chief commercial officer of Virgin Nigeria Airways.

The incoming managing director replaces John Doran, who has held the position since 2006, and is stepping aside for health reasons.

Under Doran’s leadership, the airport grew notably through the expansion of existing airlines, but also the introduction of new airline capabilities, as well as extensive redevelopment of the airport’s terminal building.

Sara Yamotahari, chairman of Belfast International, says: “I am delighted we have managed to attract someone of the calibre of Graham to lead us into the next phase of growth for the airport.

“He brings with him a long track record of achievement in all aspects of the aviation industry, deep sector knowledge and a proven leadership pedigree.

“I am confident that under Graham, Belfast International Airport will continue to build on its reputation not just as the most technologically advanced airport in Ireland, but one with considerable scope for future growth and customer service improvements.”

Yamotahari thanked outgoing managing director Doran, who she explains has “overseen a genuine transformation of the airport since his appointment,” and wished him a “speedy recovery” from his health issues.

Belfast International Airport serves more than 70 destinations and handles over four million passengers a year.

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