New MD for Oxford

ON JANUARY 31 London Oxford Airport (LOA) announced the appointment of Chris Orphanou as Managing Director.  Chris commenced his new strategic role effective February 7, reporting to the Board of Oxford Aviation Services Ltd.
LOA says Mr Orphanou has more than 35 years of professional experience, including two decades in aviation, during which time he directed large-scale airport projects, specifically services and management, with a focus on customer service, safety, quality, cost and environmental protection.  Between 1988 and 1999 he worked as Assistant Airport Director for London City Airport, with a remit to develop the airport and formulate its 15-year transportation plan, identifying strategic developments needed and investments required.  He also served as SVP Operations and Business Development for Paris-based Vinci Airports, responsible for the commercial development and advancement of route expansion strategies of the plc’s portfolio of 30-plus airports around the world.  Until January 2009 he was CEO at Coventry Airport and most recently ran his own aviation and consultancy business, ADAM.
“London Oxford Airport is rightly perceived as one of the most progressive airports in the UK and I am delighted to be joining such a modern, vibrant and successful enterprise,” said Mr Orphanou.  “Oxford has already made its mark in business aviation and is now attracting interest for niche, shuttle-style regional commercial flights.  The airport has supportive investors and mature development plans.  I intend to build on the airport’s many successes, identify new opportunities on how we can make Oxford Airport even better and look forward to carrying on the good work with its terrific management team.”
Mr Orphanou replaces Steve Jones, who departed at the end of 2010 for a new role as General Manager at Al Bateen Executive Airport in Abu Dhabi.