Alberto Martin, the airport’s current Planning and Investment Director has been appointed CEO of London Luton Airport (LLA) with immediate effect. Nick Barton has taken the decision to step down from his role as CEO of LLA to take up a new professional challenge in the New Year.
Alberto is a highly experienced and well-regarded airport leader, who has successfully delivered LLA’s recently completed £160 million terminal transformation project and overseen the preparation and negotiation for Luton Borough Council’s £225m Direct Air-Rail Transit, which will link the airport terminal with Luton Airport Parkway by 2021.
Before joining LLA, Alberto gained 20 years’ experience in airports, holding a variety of executive roles across Europe, including 10 years as Managing Director of Gran Canaria and Fuerteventura airports.
Following on from the single biggest transformation in LLA’s 80-year history, and record growth in passenger numbers, Alberto will lead the airport in delivering passengers a world-class travel experience, a stronger local economy and much needed air capacity in the South East.
Commenting on Nick’s departure the airport’s shareholders thanked Nick for his significant contribution and leadership over the last four years. During this time the airport has grown from 9.7 million to 16.5 million passengers a year, establishing LLA as one of the fastest-growing major airports in Europe.
Commenting on his appointment, Alberto Martin said: “Building on the strong demand from passengers and the success of our recent terminal transformation, I’m delighted to have the opportunity to lead the team in establishing LLA as the airport of choice for accessible, easy and enjoyable air travel”.