Three new managers at Birmingham Airport as pay row rumbles on
Birmingham International Airport has made three new appointments at senior management level.
The airport – which recently attracted the ire of workers by freezing pay among its 600-strong workforce – has named Martyn Lloyd and Jo-Anne Lloyd as its air services development director and head of brand respectively.
And airport head of communications John Morris has been moved to the new role of head of government and industry affairs.
Earlier this week airport chief executive Paul Kehoe had rejected union offers to defer the pay freeze until summer, saying there was no prospect of growth at the airport in the immediate future.
But he said long-term growth prospects had led to the management appointments.
Both Martyn and Jo-Anne Lloyd join from Luton Airport.
Martyn Lloyd was previously commercial director in Luton, where he brought in a number of new airlines and launched 20 new routes last year. Previous roles include commercial director at Manchester Airport, and before that he held management roles at Bristol, Stansted and Heathrow airports. He was brought in to try to increase air traffic at Birmingham by bringing new airlines and increasing the route network at the airport.
Jo-Anne Lloyd was marketing and communications manager at Luton, where she led a re-brand of the airport and the roll-out of an integrated e-commerce strategy.
John Morris, a well-known figure in the Birmingham business community, will be moving into his new role to focus on lobbying for the airport’s proposed runway extension and for high-speed rail to link the airport to the rest of the UK.
He said: “The opportunities for the people of the Midlands have never been greater. We’ve now got to develop national and international awareness, as well as the political will, to make Birmingham people’s port of choice, with excellent integrated transport links.
“There’s also a need to ensure that our planning processes integrate with longer-term aspirations as well as with political realities, whilst at the same time making sure that, on the whole, local people are both protected and benefit from our plans”
Mr Kehoe said the new appointees’ job would be to “maximise the opportunities that come with the prospect of a High-Speed Rail link to London, interest from long-haul airlines keen to replicate the tremendous success of Emirates’ operation to Birmingham and the airport’s development plans that are already placing Birmingham in the minds of prospective new airline customers.”
He added: "The future of Birmingham Airport is very exciting and we have a big role to play in delivering more flying for passengers to and from the UK. I believe we are ideally positioned to make the most of Birmingham’s great transport connections and extensive catchment area.
"The team now in place will deliver growth in passenger numbers that will in turn act as a driver for economic regeneration for our region.”