Andrew Cowan, currently Chief Strategy Officer of MAG, has been appointed Divisional CEO of London Stansted Airport.
Andrew Cowan will take up his role at the UK’s fourth largest airport on 1 April 2016 and lead a team of over 1,400 employees. Prior to becoming Chief Strategy Officer at MAG, Andrew was Chief Operating Officer of MAG and Managing Director of Manchester Airport.
Andrew Harrison, who has led Stansted since MAG’s acquisition of the airport in March 2013, will assume the role of Chief Strategy Officer at MAG, based in Manchester. In this new role, one of Andrew’s key responsibilities will be to spearhead a new function tasked with defining MAG’s digital strategy and e-commerce business model. This “MAG-online” proposition will also enable the improvement of customer service and airport efficiency, and expand MAG’s profitable products and services portfolio outside of the Group. Commercial trading, e-commerce and CRM will sit within this function in addition to Group Strategy and Corporate Development.
Under Andrew Harrison’s leadership, London Stansted Airport has become one of the UK’s fastest growing airports; adding 5 million passengers and now offering more European destinations than any other UK airport.
During the last three years, £80 million has been spent on transforming London Stansted’s terminal and British Airways has recently announced plans to begin flights from the airport. Earlier this month, London Stansted was named the ‘Best London Airport’ at the 2016 London Transport Awards.
Announcing the appointments, Charlie Cornish, Chief Executive Officer of MAG, said: “Since MAG acquired London Stansted, Andrew Harrison has done a fantastic job of driving growth at the airport and integrating it into the wider Group.
“Andrew Cowan is hugely experienced and I am confident that he will continue to build on the great foundations that exist at Stansted.
“The airport has even greater potential and there is a clear and pressing need to improve its rail links in order to enable it to take the strain as other London airports reach capacity and before any new runway can be built in the south east.”
Andrew Cowan said: “It’s a hugely exciting time in the aviation industry and I feel privileged to be taking on the role of Divisional CEO at London Stansted Airport. Andrew Harrison has delivered phenomenal growth and a significant investment programme which has seen passengers and airlines voting with their feet and choosing Stansted.
“I’m looking forward to building on the strong foundations left by Andrew, continuing the drive to attract new airlines to serve the vibrant London market and burgeoning Eastern England region and further improving the customer experience.”
Andrew Harrison said: “I’m very proud of what the Stansted team has achieved over the last three years. We have taken the airport through a significant transformation programme, returned passenger numbers back close to their previous peak and rebuilt our relationships with the local community. The airport has a very promising future ahead and I wish Andrew every success in taking forward the next chapter in Stansted’s journey.
“I am delighted to have been appointed Chief Strategy Officer and lead MAG's push into new markets. The opportunities for innovative companies like ours are endless and we have a great opportunity to become a leader in airport management, digital products and services.”
Following the publication this morning of a letter signed by 200 business leaders in support of remaining in the EU, MAG, the owner of Stansted Airport, issued the following statement.
Charlie Cornish, Chief Executive of MAG, owner of Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports, said:
"The EU has benefitted UK consumers and businesses enormously over the last 25 years by opening up the European aviation market to provide greater competition and choice.
"UK airlines now compete successfully on routes right across Europe, taking full advantage of the ‘open skies’ created by the EU.
"In addition to a greater choice of destinations and lower fares, European travellers have also gained in other ways, including safer and more secure travel, the abolition of mobile phone roaming charges, reciprocal health agreements and protection when flights are disrupted.
"Inside the EU Britain can continue to grow, invest and create jobs and I believe it would be in the best interests of the millions of passengers using our airports every year, and the UK economy, for Britain to remain in a reformed Europe."
Stansted Airport's business-to-business exhibition is back again for the third year running.
Check-in@Stansted has grown in terms of exhibitor numbers, sponsors and visitors ever since its launch in 2014.
This year’s event is due to take place on Thursday 23rd June 2016 within the prestigious Hangar amongst executive jets (flown in from around the world) at the Diamond Hangar, London Stansted from 10 am – 4 pm. So put the date in the diary!
It’s FREE to attend and is a great chance for companies to exhibit, network with like-minded people, promote their brand and services and ‘do business together’ in a rapidly growing region!
Amongst the sponsors are London Stansted Airport, Uttlesford District Council, the Diamond Hangar, Herts & Essex Observer, Essex Chronicle, Brentwood Gazette and Global Radio (Heart FM and Smooth Radio) as well as the SACC and The Sowerby Group.
Chris Wiggan, head of external affairs at Stansted, said: "The airport is a key catalyst for growth and jobs in the east of England and the UK, employing over 11,000 people across 190 on-airport companies contributing over £1 billion to the local economy.
"With a growing international airport on the doorstep, this region has a lot to offer and is at the heart of driving forward growth and opportunities, and this is where organisations such as the Stansted Chamber of Commerce and events like Check-in@Stansted really can help."
Mike Foley, executive director at the Diamond Hangar, added: "We've been part of the Check-in@Stansted journey since day one and are very proud of that.
"Our business is unique in terms of the companies operating from within. Check-in@Stansted has provided us with fantastic PR and exposure, and is a great opportunity to promote our brand and the commercial space we have available.
Mike continued "It's also a unique venue for such an exhibition and a great chance for visitors not only to network with businesses, but also to see what really goes on inside a hangar. We cannot wait to see what 2016 brings."
Julie Budden, chair of SACC, said: "This year we're opening the event to more businesses, including food vendors, who we'd like to see promote their brand within a dedicated food area and to sell their food and beverages on the day. We want to see 'foods from around the world'.
"In addition, we've opened the exhibition area to accommodate all businesses – including start-ups and car dealerships. This event truly is suitable for all."
Nicola Wisbey, from Sowerby, added: "This year we'll also be offering a speed networking area to again enhance the benefits of exhibiting and attending the day."
British Airways is to start flying from Stansted Airport this summer to the popular holiday sunspots of Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza.
The flights, which begin on May 28, will be operated by the wholly owned British Airways subsidiary BA CityFlyer on 98-seat Embraer 190 jets. Fares start from £49 each way based on a return fare with hand baggage only, inclusive of all taxes, fees and charges.
Stansted MD, Andrew Harrison, said: “I am delighted to welcome British Airways to Stansted and very much look forward to the launch of its first ever scheduled flights from the airport in May this year.
“Since we acquired Stansted, our focus has been on attracting a wider choice of airlines and these new services to Faro, Malaga, Palma and Ibiza are strong additions to our route network, which now covers over 170 destinations across Europe and North America.
“I’m sure these routes will be very popular with passengers from across London, Cambridge and the growing east of England region who are looking to head off on their holidays. We look forward to working closely with British Airways to build a strong working relationship and ensure these new flights are a huge success.”
Luke Hayhoe, British Airways’ general manager commercial and customer at BA CityFlyer, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to expand our London network and to give our customers even more choice of where to fly from this summer.
“Stansted is a growing airport and we will be offering a full scheduled service to some of the most popular European holiday destinations, complementing our existing services from other London airports.”
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