High flyer takes airport role

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One of the leading figures in the UK airline industry has been appointed as the new chairman of Cornwall Airport Ltd (CAL), the company which manages Newquay Cornwall Airport on behalf of Cornwall Council.

Tim Jeans
Tim Jeans

Tim Jeans has more than 20 years’ experience and has previously served as chief executive at Monarch and commercial director at Ryanair.

Announcing the appointment, Cornwall Council’s chief executive, Andrew Kerr, said: “Tim’s understanding of the industry and the significant role he has played in the development of Ryanair in the 2000s, including the introduction of Ryanair services to Cornwall, means he is extremely well placed to take Newquay Cornwall Airport on to the next stage of its development.”

Jeans added: “I’m delighted to be taking up this appointment at a pivotal time for aviation in Cornwall. Recent events have underscored the need for an airport to facilitate links between the region and the rest of the UK and Europe.

“The airport is fortunate to enjoy the support of both regional and national government and I look forward to helping to realise the potential that undoubtedly exists for the airport to grow and develop to the benefit of the Cornish economy.“

CAL, a private limited company which is wholly owned by the Council, is responsible for all airport operations including CAA licensing, customer services, commercial development, route development and marketing.