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Newcastle International Airport appoint new aviation development executive

Newcastle International Airport’s newest recruit Chris Ion has filled the position of Aviation Development Executive – meaning he will work as part of a small team works in collaboration with the airlines at ‘Your Airport’.

The 27-year-old has moved back to the North East after spending the past five years working with airlines and airports all over the country – most recently in Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

His new role includes all facets of aviation development, including managing, measuring and procuring airlines and services. It will also involve working with different airlines and tour operators to develop exciting new routes from the Airport.

Chris, who has also worked in sales and development roles at Qatar Airways and, said: “I am so pleased to have been given the fantastic opportunity to come back home and carry out this job in the North East.

“I have always been interested in aviation and I am so lucky in that I can combine my passion with the commercial aspect of the role.

“To me, Newcastle International is the benchmark of all regional airports in the UK when it comes to customer services and the choice of routes and airlines – which is why I wanted to work for this fantastic business.”

Leon McQuaid, who has recently been promoted to Head of Aviation Development, added: “Chris shares our passion for the North East and we are thrilled to welcome him to the team.

“His experience and knowledge of the industry will be an invaluable asset to Newcastle International Airport.

“Now, we are looking forward to getting started, and will be working on securing some new and exciting routes for the future.”