Heathrow Airport’s CEO Colin Matthews has stepped down from the role.
Matthews joined the airport in March 2008 and will leave after the new Terminal 2 opens in June.
Under his leadership the airport has seen its passenger rating improve from less than 50% to more than 75%; handled the Olympics traffic and oversee the success of Terminal 5.
“It has been a privilege to serve as CEO of Heathrow for the last six years. With a strong leadership team, the company continues to raise standards of passenger service, improve efficiency and reduce costs. The opening of Terminal 2: The Queen’s Terminal in June this year is a further important step in the transformation of Heathrow and long term prospects are bright following the decision of the Airports Commission to shortlist our proposal for a new runway. So once Terminal 2 has opened later this year, I have decided the time is right to pass on the baton,” said Matthews.
A search has started for a successor with the aim to have a new CEO in place later this year.
“Colin has done a fantastic job of improving Heathrow for passengers and will remain as Chief Executive until his successor is in place to ensure a smooth transition,” said Heathrow’s chairman Sir Nigel Rudd.