Mike Carrivick, a leading voice in the travel industry’s lobby against Air Passenger Duty, is to retire as chief executive of the Board of Airline Representatives in the UK (BAR UK).

Carrivick, who will retire at the end of October, started his aviation career in 1965 on a general apprenticeship with British European Airways before working for Qantas, Brymon, Maersk DFDS Travel and IATA.

He joined BAR UK in 2004 where he has led the organisation through a challenging period for the aviation industry and come into contact with a large number of government ministers, departments and industry stakeholders.

BAR UK, which represents more than 80 airlines, has commenced search for a new chief executive.

Chairman Sandra Bloodworth said: “Mike has been a real asset to the airline community in the UK and has represented our views with a great deal of passion and enthusiasm.

“We are grateful for his contribution in helping to bring the industry together and ensuring that important issues are made known and dealt with. On behalf of all our airline members, we wish Mike a happy and fulfilling retirement.”

Carrivick said: “The role at BAR UK has been the most diverse of my career, with many challenges and achievements along the way.

“It has been a huge pleasure to serve and I wish to express my thanks to the board and all members, past and present, and a great number of industry, governmental and media friends who have provided so much support.

“I will miss the contact with them all and wish the airline industry the recognition and success it deserves.”