8 AUGUST 2022


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Article from BTNews 8 AUGUST 2022

New CEO for Southend Airport

Glynn Jones is to step down in September as CEO of Southend Airport after seven years.  He previously held the same position at Luton Airport.

Replacing Jones is another John, John Upton, bringing an impressive track record of growing consumer-facing businesses. Most recently, as CEO of No1 Lounges, John led the £40m international airport lounge business (backed by NVM and Santander). As CEO he put in place an operational structure that enabled the business to double in size, opening new sites across the world, as well as securing new deals with airlines and airports.  Prior to No1 Lounges, John worked as Managing Director of Leon, the fast food chain, and was a member of the senior team during 13 years at McDonald’s UK.

It has been a busy week for the East London airport welcoming Blue Air from Bucharest and previously Sky Express for Athens and Wideroe to Bergen.

Prior to the pandemic Southend was London’s fastest growing airport with just over 2m passengers passing through in 2019 compared with 4,000 in 2010.  It is a major executive operation, general aviation and large engineering base.  Ownership is with Eskin Ltd, listed on the London Stock Exchange and formerly Stobart Group Ltd.


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