London Luton Airport (LLA) has appointed current planning and investment director Alberto Martin as chief executive officer (CEO) with immediate effect to take over from Nick Barton who has stepped down from his role to take up a new challenge in the New Year.
Martin has helped successfully deliver LLA’s recently completed £160 million terminal transformation project and overseen the preparation and negotiation for Luton Borough Council’s £225m Direct Air-Rail Transit, which will link the airport terminal with Luton Airport Parkway by 2021.
Before joining LLA, Alberto gained 20 years’ experience in airports, holding a variety of executive roles across Europe, including 10 years as Managing Director of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura airports.
Following on from the single biggest transformation in LLA’s 80-year history, and record growth in passenger numbers, Alberto will lead the airport in delivering passengers a world-class travel experience, a stronger local economy and much needed air capacity in the South East.
Commenting on Barton’s departure the airport’s shareholders thanked him for his significant contribution and leadership over the last four years. During this time the airport has grown from 9.7 million to 16.5 million passengers a year, establishing LLA as one of the fastest-growing major airports in Europe.
Martin said: “Building on the strong demand from passengers and the success of our recent terminal transformation, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead the team in establishing LLA as the airport of choice for accessible, easy and enjoyable air travel.”