Leeds Bradford Airport appoints new Aviation Director

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has announced the appointment of Nicola McMullen as Aviation Director, as part of a wider reorganisation of the airport’s senior commercial team. McMullen will facilitate future growth at LBA, leading the development of new routes.

Leeds Bradford Airport (LBA) has announced the appointment of Nicola McMullen as Aviation Director, as part of a wider reorganisation of the airport’s senior commercial team. McMullen will facilitate future growth at LBA, leading the development of new routes across Europe and beyond.

She joins LBA with over 18 years’ experience in the aviation industry, having spent the last nine years working for Manchester Airports Group, holding roles in Strategy, Aviation Development and as Commercial Director.

A graduate from Manchester Alliance Business School, with a master’s degree in Airport Operations and Service Delivery, McMullen grew up in Manchester and is a firm believer in the untapped potential of the North of England.

“I am pleased to play a part in the growth of LBA as a crucial hub for connecting the world to the North of England and the economic benefit that brings across Yorkshire,” said McMullen. “This is an exciting opportunity and I’m looking forward to moving ahead with developing sustainable growth and an exciting future travel proposition for passengers, following what was a difficult period for the whole aviation industry.”

As part of LBA’s commercial team reorganisation, former LBA Commercial Director John Cunliffe will now hold the role of Commercial and Strategy Director. He will lead the overall commercial and customer offering for LBA, which includes the food, beverage and retail outlets, car parking and business partner relationships, as well as supporting the broader overarching strategy for the business.

Vincent Hodder, CEO Leeds Bradford Airport, said: “LBA has been significantly impacted by the pandemic and as we start to see early shoots of recovery in the travel industry, now is the time to invest in the right team to make LBA a truly outstanding regional airport for the future. I’m delighted to welcome Nicola to the organisation and continue to work with John in a new capacity and I’m confident that their blend of skills and experience will enable us to deliver excellent passenger service, choice and new destinations for the future.”


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