Mark Johnston has joined London Gatwick Airport as chief operating officer (COO)

Johnston joins Gatwick from AGS Airports, the owners of Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports, where he was COO for more than three years. He brings more than two decades worth of highly relevant technical and professional experience; having led security, technical, infrastructure and airport terminal departments.

As COO Johnston will play a critical leadership role at Gatwick, focusing on delivering the safe, efficient and smooth running of day-to-day airport operations. He will drive the delivery of key strategic projects such as the roll out of next-generation security and aerodrome performance. He will also oversee key departments including passenger operations, security and aerodrome.

Prior to AGS, Johnston joined Glasgow Airport, having previously held various roles in the global semiconductor industry. He held several positions at Glasgow, including operations director, before being appointed managing director in May 2018. Johnston was appointed chief operating officer of AGS Airports in November 2020.

Stewart Wingate, CEO, London Gatwick, said: “Mark will join London Gatwick with a wealth of experience and a proven track record as a COO. He is ideally placed to oversee the airport’s operations, strategic partnerships and ensuring a great Gatwick experience for passengers.

“As we continue to grow, our vision is to be the airport for everyone, whatever your journey, and we are thrilled to have Mark join us at such an exciting time for the airport.

Mark Johnston takes over from John Higgins, who stepped in as interim chief operating officer in January 2023 in addition to his role of business improvement director at the airport.

New Gatwick COO Mark Johnston
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