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London City Airport appoints Alison FitzGerald as CEO

London City Airport confirmed yesterday that Alison FitzGerald has been appointed as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

Image courtesy London City Airport

Alison (above), who held the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at London City Airport since September 2016, assumes the role of CEO with immediate effect. Since January 2024, Alison served as co-CEO of London City Airport alongside Chief Financial Officer, Wilma Allan. The appointment of Alison follows a thorough process by the Board of London City Airport.

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Alison began her unique journey at London City Airport over a decade ago, joining as Chief Information Officer (CIO) in January 2014. Since then and in her role as COO, she has been responsible for leading the airport’s success in becoming the first major UK airport to fully deploy next generation CT security scanners for its passengers, enabling travellers to pass through security without removing laptops and liquids from their hand luggage, the implementation of the world’s first major Digital Air Traffic Control Tower, and has worked with aircraft manufacturers and airlines to enable the introduction of next generation aircraft into the airport.

In her new role as CEO, Alison’s key priorities will include continuing to grow the business by working with new and existing airlines to offer new destinations to passengers and build on London City’s excellent punctuality, speed of service and award-winning customer experience.

Mel Ewell, Chair of London City Airport, said: “On behalf of the Board, I am delighted to welcome Alison as our new CEO given her strong track record of delivering results at London City. After an extensive search process, we are confident that Alison is the right person to lead the business through its next phase of growth.”

Alison FitzGerald, newly appointed CEO of London City Airport, said: “I’m hugely excited to take on the role as CEO and to lead our great team at London City as we enter the next stage of our growth journey. London City delivers one of the best passenger experiences in the UK and I’m committed to building on this success even further.”

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Alison will sit on the Board of London City Airport and lead the company’s Leadership Team, which also includes Chief Financial Officer Wilma Allan, Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Hodges and Chief People Officer Michael Spiers.

London City Airport is the capital’s most central airport, offering over 30 leisure and business destinations across the UK and rest of Europe.

London City will soon complete a major investment programme to modernise the airport’s departure lounge, which includes more seating, two new stylish dining experiences, duty free expansion, new retail space, more washrooms and a brand-new look and feel throughout.

The CAA’s latest data shows that for 2022 and 2023 London City was ranked the most punctual airport in the London. Last year, LCY was recognised as London’s Best Airport by Which? and cited in Time Out for being the most efficient airport in the UK.

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