Regional & City Airports (RCA), the airports management division of Rigby Group plc, has completed the purchase of Bournemouth Airport (IATA: BOH) from the Manchester Airports Group for an undisclosed sum.
RCA already owns Norwich, Exeter, and Coventry Airports, as has contracts to operate Solent (formerly Daedalus Airfield), City of Derry and Blackpool Airports.
Group Chairman and Founder Sir Peter Rigby said: “The acquisition of Bournemouth Airport represents an important landmark in our strategy to create a robust and credible group of regional airport assets and services across the UK. Not only does it expand our catchment to include the major regions of South England, but also focuses operations on a core market poorly serviced by the major aviation players.”
Day-to-day management of the adjacent 200-acre Aviation Business Park will be handled by Rigby Real Estate – the parent group’s specialist property management division.
Charlie Cornish, Chief Executive of MAG, added: “Bournemouth Airport and its people have been part of our company for a long time.
“RCA has a detailed integration plan in place to ensure a seamless transition of ownership and operations at Bournemouth which will maintain business as usual for passengers and customers.
“We wish the new owners every success and are confident that the airport will continue to flourish as we continue to focus on improving Manchester, London Stansted and East Midlands airports.”