Tuesday 7 March 2017 8:54 am

Crossrail chairman Sir Terry Morgan takes over from Roy Griffins at London City Airport

Crossrail's Sir Terry Morgan CBE is joining London City Airport as chairman.

Today he takes over from Roy Griffins, who has held the post for over 10 years, as the airport gears up for construction on its £350m development programme, due to be completed by the end of 2021. It will enable the airport to welcome 6.5m passengers per year by 2025; last year it brought in 4.5m.

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Morgan will also maintain his role as chairman of Crossrail Limited. He previously served as chief executive of Tube Lines, as well as managing director of Land Rover in the early 1990s.

Sir Terry Morgan is also the chair of Crossrail
Sir Terry Morgan is also the chair of Crossrail (Source: London City Airport)

"I am delighted to be taking on this role at such an exciting period at London City Airport with the City Airport development programme having been granted formal planning permission in 2016," Morgan said. "I look forward to working with the board, shareholders and executive team to help the business to fulfil its potential over the coming years."

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The airport said that under Griffins, London City has achieved "remarkable safe and sustainable growth", attained record passenger levels over successive years and transitioned to new ownership.

Griffins said: "Over the past ten years London City has shown how much good a responsible, well-managed airport can do for its neighbourhood, its city, the country. Between 2006 and 2016 the number of passengers using the airport almost doubled, from 2.4m to over 4.5m, reinforcing London City's reputation as the UK’s leading business airport. I am proud to have been a part of that success story and I wish Sir Terry, the London City board and the executive team every success in the airport’s continuing journey."

David Fison has also joined the airport in January as an independent non-executive director. Fison is currently non-executive chairman of Pontoon Solutions.