FORMER Air New Zealand chief Andrew Miller was named today as the person charged by ministers with piloting ailing Prestwick Airport back into profit for them.
Infrastructure secretary Nicola Sturgeon announced the Aberdeen University graduate would become chairman of the Ayrshire airport’s holding company board.
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He will take over from an official of the Scottish Government’s Transport Scotland agency, which took over the airport a year ago to avert its closure.
Mr Miller will also chair subsidiary firm Prestwick Aviation Holdings, and work with airport chief executive Iain Cochrane “to drive the business forward”, the agency said.
Ms Sturgeon said: “Andrew has a wealth of experience in business development across the aviation sector.”
She said he would help implement the airport’s new strategy, published last month, which includes attempting to increase passenger and freight flights, and become the UK’s first space port.
Mr Miller worked for British Airways and in a duty-free shops firm before joining Air New Zealand, where he ran its domestic services before becoming chief operating officer of Air New Zealand.
He has run Sydney-based CAPA Consulting for the last ten years, advising airlines and governments, including extensive work with low cost airlines.
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