New Edinburgh airport owners appoint chairman

A former permanent secretary in the Scottish government has been named as chairman of Edinburgh airport by its new owners.

Sir John Elvidge has been appointed by Global Infrastructure Partners from June 1 following the completion of its £807.2 million acquisition of the airport from BAA.

GIP partner leading the acquisition Michael McGhee said: “Our investment in Scotland is a significant one, and we are delighted to have secured Sir John Elvidge to chair the new board of directors.

“Sir John’s knowledge of Scotland will be particularly important as we raise Edinburgh Airport’s profile around the world and build strong relationships in the city and beyond.”

GIP already owns Gatwick and London City airports.

Sir John said: “We hope to establish the airport as a highly competitive force that grows and develops in tune with the needs and aspirations of Scotland and its capital city.”

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