16 JANUARY 2017
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Karen Dee, director of policy at the Freight Transport Association for the past five years, has been appointed chief executive of the Airport Operators Association in succession to Darren Caplan.
AOA chairman Ed Anderson said: “Karen has a wealth of experience in the transport sector and joins us at an important time. With the government aviation strategy due shortly, she will enable the AOA to set the agenda for a successful and sustainable airport and aviation industry.”
Anderson also praised Caplan for “six years of outstanding service to the AOA”, during which time the association had flourished, enabling Dee to build on strong foundations.
Dee said she was excited to be joining the AOA “at such a significant time”, with UK airports having the opportunity to capitalise on last year’s government capacity decision and now to shape the aviation strategy.
On Brexit, she added: “I look forward to working with colleagues from across the aviation sector to shape a future agreement with the EU that secures continued UK access to the single aviation market.”
She said she also wanted to see continued air services agreements with important markets like the US, enabling the UK and European aviation industries to continue to grow.
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