He has spent almost a decade as the ever-smiling public face of Leeds Bradford Airport, and has overseen an ambitious period of growth and expansion for the company.
But now, Tony Hallwood is saying ‘over and out’ to LBA as he steps down from his high-flying role.
Mr Hallwood has worked as aviation development director at the airport for the last nine years. During his tenure, the airport has expanded significantly, taken in new flight destinations and seen the number of passengers flying from Leeds and Bradford soar.
Mr Hallwood, 60, told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “After nine enjoyable years at Leeds Bradford Airport, I will be stepping down from my role as aviation development director at the end of June. I am immensely proud of my achievements at LBA in driving record passenger growth from 2.6 to 3.6m and delivering a string of major route development successes for the Leeds City Region and Yorkshire.
“Securing new based capacity from Ryanair and Monarch, the reintroduction of BA and Aer Lingus alongside Jet2.com’s and Flybe’s growth has helped ensure the continued success of Leeds Bradford Airport.”
Mr Hallwood’s announcement comes just months after airport bosses published their “vision for the future of Leeds Bradford Airport”. The Route to 2030 outlined how the airport will be developed to meet the needs of a projected 7.1m passengers over the next decade. It also sets out plans for the next 13 years, including support for an airport Parkway station on the Harrogate-Leeds railway line and a new road link between the A658 and A65 in Leeds, with a spur to the airport.
Mr Hallwood said he was now preparing to partner up with his wife on her growing business venture. He added he had enjoyed developing and strengthening relationships across the media during his nine years at the airport.
“I will be moving back to my family in Manchester and I am looking forward to taking an active role in my wife’s growing business – Marketing Profile,” he added.