Rob Holden will lead the Board and oversee London City Airport as it continues its £500 million development programme.

Rob will lead the Board and oversee London City Airport as it continues its £500 million development programme, tracks toward a record 4.7 million annual passengers this year, and continues to serve new destinations in the UK and abroad.

Rob has vast experience and expertise in delivering transport and infrastructure projects, as former Chairman for High Speed 1 (HS1), Eurostar UK Ltd and two years serving as Chief Executive Officer of Crossrail. He is currently Chairman of the Submarine Delivery Agency (SDA) and holds non-executive roles at Electricity North West, EDF (for the Sizewell C Project), and the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.

He replaces Sir Terry Morgan, who stepped down as London City Airport Chairman in September to take up the post of Chairman of HS2.

Rob Holden, Chairman of London City Airport, said:

“The investment in the airport is a huge vote of confidence, not only in the airport’s future, but also in London’s. The development programme, which is already underway, will make an already great airport even better, and I am looking forward to working closely with the Chief Executive, Robert Sinclair, and his executive team on taking this forward.”

Hakim Drissi Kaitouni, Chair of London City Airport’s Appointments and Remuneration Committee, said on behalf of the Board:

“Rob’s breadth of experience in delivering significant national infrastructure projects is unparalleled. He has mastered the delivery of best in class customer service and as such has the skills needed to oversee the next phase of development for London City Airport as we invest in the long term sustainability of the airport. The shareholders and board are pleased to welcome Rob to London City Airport and look forward to working with someone of his experience in what promises to be an exciting period for the airport.”

Robert Sinclair, CEO of London City Airport, said:

“Rob is hugely respected in the transport and infrastructure sectors, as well as across Whitehall. His experience will be an invaluable asset for London City Airport as we take forward our development programme, improve surface access, welcome more passengers and airlines and plan for our long-term future.”

The airport is owned by a consortium of international investors, comprising AIMCo, OMERS Infrastructure, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Wren House Infrastructure Management. The £500m City Airport Development Programme, completing 2022, will consist of 8 new aircraft stands, a full length parallel taxiway and the quadrupling in size of the current passenger terminal.