Airport Boosts Aviation Development Team

26/03/2015

Peel Airports is strengthening its drive to bring more business to Durham Tees Valley Airport with a series of appointments in its Aviation Development Department.

Key priorities for the team at Durham Tees Valley are, says Head of Aviation Development Chris Harcombe ‘Offering continued support to our key partner airlines KLM and Eastern and, pursuing opportunities aligned with the airport’s capabilities and business plan—with the focus on a return to profitability.’

Joining the team as Aviation Development Manager is Declan Maguire who will have responsibility for both Durham Tees Valley and Doncaster Sheffield Airport with a remit to work with both new and existing airlines.

He joins Peel Airports from the leading aviation events and online company Routes where he held the post of Airline and Industry Relations Manager, responsible for European airline relations. Before joining Routes in 2012, Declan, who holds a BSc degree in Aviation Management, worked for both Virgin Atlantic and TUI Travel.

Says Declan “It’s a pleasure to join a team dedicated to the development of Durham Tees Valley and Doncaster Sheffield Airports. I look forward to becoming familiar with the communities they serve, promoting new route opportunities and developing relationships with airline operators.”

Other appointments include Tom Henshaw who moves from Aviation Analyst to become Aviation Development Executive with responsibilities including the General and Business sectors, focussing on delivering growth at Durham Tees Valley.

Leading the team with overall responsibility for passenger, cargo and general/business aviation at both airports is Chris Harcombe, who has been Head of Aviation Development with Peel Airports since 2013 and has been at the forefront of route development and engaging with airlines.

Says Chris “We’re delighted to have Declan joining us from one of the industry’s most influential companies and bringing a wide range of airline contacts. Tom Henshaw’s enhanced role is an important step forward in delivering the strategy set out in the Master Plan for Durham Tees Valley to focus on business and general aviation and follows our recent announcement of the introduction of new and more attractive tariffs for both aircraft based at the airport and visiting flyers.”


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