Leeds Bradford airport aviation development director Tony Hallwood is stepping down after nine years.

He leaves the Yorkshire airport at the end of the month to move to Manchester to take a role in his wife’s PR, marketing and events business, Marketing Profile.

Hallwood said: “I am immensely proud of my achievements at LBA in driving record passenger growth from 2.6 million to 3.6 million and delivering a string of major route development successes for the Leeds City Region and Yorkshire.

“Securing new based capacity from Ryanair and Monarch, the re-introduction of British Airways and Aer Lingus alongside Jet2.com’s and Flybe’s growth has helped ensure the continued success of LBA.

“During my time at the airport I have also enjoyed developing and strengthening relationships through my PR role across the media and regional stakeholders.”