Aberdeen Air­port boss an­nounces de­par­ture

MD Carol Ben­zie will step down af­ter ten years Air­port still un­der­go­ing £20m ter­mi­nal re­vamp

The Scotsman - - Business - By HAN­NAH BURLEY

Carol Ben­zie, the manag­ing di­rec­tor of Aberdeen In­ter­na­tional Air­port, is to de­part at the end of the month af­ter a decade with the busi­ness.

Ben­zie joined the air­port in 2008 and went on to hold a se­ries of se­nior roles in­clud­ing op­er­a­tions di­rec­tor and com­mer­cial di­rec­tor be­fore be­ing ap­pointed manag­ing di­rec­tor in Oc­to­ber 2013.

She has over­seen the ex­pan­sion of the air­port’s route net­work, as well as the sin­gle largest in­vest­ment in its his­tory, a £20 mil­lion re­de­vel­op­ment of the ter­mi­nal.

The board of owner AGS Air­ports will now be­gin the process of find­ing a new MD. In the in­terim, and to­gether with the air­port’s man­age­ment team, AGS Air­ports’ chief ex­ec­u­tive and for­mer manag­ing di­rec­tor of Aberdeen, Derek Provan, will over­see the busi­ness.

Ben­zie said: “Af­ter ten hugely en­joy­able and ul­ti­mately suc­cess­ful years with Aberdeen In­ter­na­tional Air­port I have taken the de­ci­sion step down from my role as manag­ing di­rec­tor.

“The air­port has been a great plat­form to grow and de­velop as a leader and be so closely in­volved in a busi­ness that is so vi­tal to the Aberdeen re­gion. I am now look­ing for­ward to em­bark­ing on the next stage of my ca­reer.”

Provan added: “On be­half of AGS, I would like to sin­cerely thank Carol for the ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment she has shown through­out her time as manag­ing di­rec­tor.

“In ad­di­tion to over­see­ing the re­cent and rapid ter­mi­nal ex­pan­sion, she suc­cess­fully steered the air­port through the down­turn in the oil and gas sec­tor which im­pacted the wider North-east econ­omy.

“Carol leaves the busi­ness on a strong foot­ing and the ter­mi­nal trans­for­ma­tion is a fit­ting legacy to her time at the helm of the air­port.”

The air­port’s trans­for­ma­tion project is a three-year devel­op­ment to in­crease the size of the ter­mi­nal by 50 per cent. The sec­ond phase of the project, in­volv­ing a new se­cu­rity search area and re­tail fa­cil­i­ties, was com­pleted on 19 June this year, with the third and fi­nal phase set to be fin­ished by sum­mer 2019.

Aberdeen In­ter­na­tional con­trib­utes around £110m a year to the local econ­omy and is home to Europe’s busiest com­mer­cial he­li­port, which trans­ports more than three mil­lion pas­sen­gers each year to sup­port the North Sea oil and gas in­dus­try.

AGS Air­ports is a part­ner­ship be­tween Fer­rovial and Mac­quarie In­fras­truc­ture and Real As­sets (MIRA), es­tab­lished in 2014. Its most re­cent fi­nan­cial re­sults, to the year end 2016, showed a turnover of £197m. In ad­di­tion to Aberdeen In­ter­na­tional, the group owns and op­er­ates Glas­gow Air­port, which served a record 9.9 mil­lion pas­sen­gers in 2017, and Southamp­ton Air­port, which saw 2.08 mil­lion pas­sen­gers travel through its gates in the same year.

han­nah.burley@jpress.co.uk

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