31 AUGUST 2020


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Article from BTNews 31 AUGUST 2020

Aurigny management changes

Mark Darby, Chief Executive Officer at Aurigny, is to retire after seven years in the post.

Since he took the reins at the airline, owned by the States of Guernsey, he has overseen a complete fleet renewal including the introduction of the Embraer E195 jet; the replacement of the old ATRs with new ATR 72-600s; and the replacement of the aging Trislander fleet with Dornier 228NG aircraft.  He has also been responsible for the creation of Aurigny’s own ground handling operations at Gatwick and overseen the complete overhaul of the airfare tariff options and the launch of an updated website.

Mark informed the Board of his decision in February this year and since then an extensive search for a suitable replacement has been overseen and conducted by the Aurigny Board. This search identified a number of highly qualified airline executives from various parts of the world and has now been concluded.

Joining Aurigny as its new Chief Executive later in the year is Nico Bezuidenhout, founder and until recently Chief Executive of Mango Airlines, a subsidiary of South African Airways (SAA).  Over a 20-year career in aviation, Nico has also previously been interim CEO of the SAA Group itself and CEO of Fastjet Plc.  Mark will continue in an advisory capacity until his contract ends in 2021.

Aurigny has also announced the appointment of Kevin George as the new Chairman, Andrew Haining stepping down.  Kevin will be familiar to many in the airline business having held senior positions at British Airways, CEO of Monarch Airlines in its profitable years and latterly as Chief Executive of the Isle of Wight ferry operator, Red Funnel, where he is now Chairman.


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