THE new man in charge of the company which manages Newquay Cornwall airport says he is delighted to have taken on the role.
Tim Jeans, an experienced figure in the airline industry, is the new chairman of Cornwall Airport Limited (CAL), which manages the airport on behalf of Cornwall Council.
CAL, a private limited company which is wholly owned by the council, is responsible for all airport operations including Civil Aviation Authority licensing, customer services, commercial and route development and marketing.
Mr Jeans has more than 20 years' experience in the industry, having held executive management positions with airlines, including Ryanair, MyTravel and Monarch.
"I'm delighted to be taking up this appointment at a pivotal time for aviation in Cornwall," said Mr Jeans.
"Recent events have underscored the need for an airport to facilitate links between the region and the rest of the UK and Europe. The airport is fortunate to enjoy the support of both regional and national government and I look forward to helping to realise the potential that exists for the airport to grow and develop to the benefit of the Cornish economy."
Cornwall Council's chief executive Andrew Kerr said: "Tim's understanding of the industry and the significant role he has played in the development of Ryanair in the 2000s, including the introduction of Ryanair services to Cornwall, means he is extremely well placed to take Newquay Cornwall airport on to the next stage."