Former managing director Gordon Dewar named as new chief executive of the airport
Former Edinburgh Airport managing director Gordon Dewar has been appointed as the airport's new chief executive by its new owners, Global Infrastructure Partners.
Global Infrastructure Partners, which already owns Gatwick and London City Airport, formally took control of Edinburgh Airport today, which it bought in a deal valued at £807 million.
The airport's former owner, BAA, was forced to sell one its main Scottish airports as part of a wider ruling from the Competition Commission.
Dewar, who left Edinburgh Airport to take up the role of chief executive of Bahrain International Airport in 2010, will take up the new role later in the summer.
Edinburgh Airport's current managing director, Jim O'Sullivan, will continue in the role until then.
No statement has been made as yet as to which role O'Sullivan will take up after Dewar takes over the running of the airport.
Michael McGhee of new owner Global Infrastructure Partners said: “Gordon is an outstanding airport executive, with relevant experience of Edinburgh Airport.
"We are pleased to have secured his return and look forward to supporting him and his team as they begin the important job of establishing Edinburgh Airport as a more dynamic, competitive player in the global aviation industry.
He added: "It is important to acknowledge the important role played by current airport managing director, Jim O'Sullivan, who has steered his team through the sale process with the highest levels of professionalism and focus.
“He will leave Edinburgh Airport in good shape, and with our best wishes.”
Incoming chief executive Dewar, who was also formally managing director of Glasgow Airport from 2006 to 2008, said: “Edinburgh is my home city, and I am excited to be returning to one of the most important jobs in the capital.
"The challenge of leading the airport and the team into a new era of competition and growth is an irresistible one, and very different to the role I once played in BAA.
"Edinburgh Airport's future, its plans and its identity, will all be shaped in Edinburgh, and our decisions will only be influenced by what is good for Edinburgh Airport, and the city and country we serve."