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Liverpool John Lennon announces leadership change

Liverpool John Lennon Airport has announced a change in leadership, with outgoing CEO Matthew Thomas taking up a senior position at the Vantage Airport Group, the previous owners of the airport.

Taking over the helm will be, Andrew Cornish, who has a wealth of experience in the aviation industry, having spent five years as managing director at Manchester Airport and more recently as chief customer and brand officer at Irish airline Aer Lingus.

Liverpool John Lennon handled over 4.2 million passengers in 2013 with flights to over 50 destinations in the UK, and is one of Merseyside’s major employers, attracting inward investment and bringing significant tourism benefits, helping to boost the region’s economy.

Matthew Thomas, who will leave the post at the end of September comments: “Working for Liverpool John Lennon Airport has been a tremendous experience for me and this was always going to be a difficult decision, but having overseen the recent change in ownership and the subsequent smooth transition into The Peel Group, this was a good time for me to pursue new challenges with Vantage Airport Group.

"The business is now in a great position to grow and I know that as I hand over the leadership to Andrew, the prospects for the Airport are excellent.”

New CEO, Andrew Cornish, says he has watched Liverpool’s progress carefully in recent years, and explains with Peel’s investment back into the airport, he is very excited at being given the opportunity to take the business forward.

"I am aware that much has been done by the staff at Liverpool to make it one of the UK’s best performing airports operationally. I am keen to build upon this reputation, to grow passenger numbers back to the levels seen prior to the recession and to give the people of the City Region an airport they can be proud of," Cornish adds.

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