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4th February 2019
London Biggin Hill appoints its first CEO
Will Curtis, Managing Director of London Biggin Hill Airport, has announced that he will step down on 31st March 2019 after overseeing six years of unprecedented growth in the business.
He will be succeeded by David Winstanley, who will take up his appointment on 1st March 2019 as London Biggin Hill’s first CEO. David will lead a management team that has made London Biggin Hill one of the most successful business aviation airports in Europe and home to a growing community of aviation maintenance businesses.
David began his career in the Royal Air Force as an air traffic controller and rose to become a wing commander. He joined Birmingham Airport in 2007 and took on positions of increasing seniority, becoming COO in 2014, a position he held until April 2018.
Andrew Walters, Chairman of London Biggin Hill, says: “With the support of our local community, London Biggin Hill is enjoying increasing success. Our extended operating hours and significant investment in facilities helped us to outperform the market strongly in 2018, with a 12% increase in aircraft movements and further direct and indirect job creation. We are delighted to have attracted someone of David Winstanley’s calibre as CEO, whose deep understanding of airport operations and outstanding leadership skills will enable us to further enhance Biggin Hill’s position as the premier business aviation centre for London.”
Will, who has decided to leave in order to pursue his other aviation interests, has agreed to continue advising the airport on the Civil Aviation Authority’s reorganisation of new air routes in and out of London and the South East.
“Will Curtis joined the company at a critical time in the re-development of the airport,” says Andrew Walters. “As a former customer helped us to shape and deliver our priorities, particularly our increased opening hours. I am hugely grateful to Will for all of his contribution to our success, and I am delighted that he will continue to look out for our future through representing our interests in the reorganisation of airspace in London and the South East.”
David Winstanley says: “I am a huge admirer of what London Biggin Hill has achieved and excited to be joining a business with such a clear vision for its future. I very much look forward to helping shape the ongoing evolution of a family-owned business that cares about its community, the success of its tenant businesses and its hardworking people.”
Will Curtis says: “With the airport now very well established in its specialist sector of aviation, I believe this is the appropriate time for me to hand over the reins. I am completely committed to London Biggin Hill, having been involved in its growth in different ways and at different times running two aircraft charter businesses here. I am delighted it is now a thriving economic centre with over 1,300 people employed amongst the 65 companies on the airport, and with more to come.”
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About London Biggin Hill Airport
London Biggin Hill Airport is located 12 miles from central London and offers award-winning VIP handling, a choice of FBOs, extensive hangarage, support and maintenance services for all ranges of business jets. A designated UK Port of Entry, Biggin Hill is free of runway slot constraints. An exclusive six-minute helicopter transfer service to and from the heart of London makes it the fastest transfer of any London airport. Biggin Hill is the only dedicated business aviation airport within the capital and is already home to over 65 commercial and aviation activities. There are very few places in the world other than Biggin Hill where aircraft operators and support companies can conduct all aspects of their business operations, management and maintenance at the heart of a global city and with the confidence in their ability to expand and develop over time.