London Southend Appoints Jon Horne as Interim MD

London Southend Appoints Jon Horne as Interim MD

The Stobart Group’s London Southend Airport has appointed Jon Horne as Interim Managing Director. He was previously the Chief Executive of Cardiff International Airport.

Jon Horne, Interim Managing Director, London Southend Airport

Jon Horne, Interim Managing Director, London Southend Airport


Jon said: “I am both excited and delighted to be joining London Southend Airport. It is arguably THE success story within our industry of recent years and I am honoured to be asked to carry that success forward.”

He brings to the role a track record of delivering results through growing business and reducing costs, while simultaneously improving customer service standards and experiences. He is also skilled in building strong relationships with staff and key stakeholders and communicating effectively.

After taking over at the helm, Jon says his main focus will be to continue growing the airport’s overall business, by building on the foundations already in place. His vision is to introduce more airlines and destinations, giving travellers more choice: “I want to make ‘simply easier’ London Southend THE airport of choice for the region and London,” he said.

Ben Whawell, Chief Financial Officer, Stobart Group, said: “Our plans for the future of London Southend Airport are ambitious and to achieve them we needed someone with the necessary drive and experience to help us achieve our goal. With Jon bringing his impressive background knowledge and over forty years of aviation industry experience on board, I am sure we will be able to do that.”

Jon Horne’s appointment comes after a record year for London Southend Airport. 2014 saw it break the million passengers mark since its regeneration under the Stobart Group and also win the Which? magazine award for ‘Best Airport’ for the second-successive year (

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NEIL STEEDMAN has been a trade journalist, copywriter, editor and proofreader for 50 years, and News & Features Editor for ‘Irish Travel Trade News’ for the past 40 years.

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