Joost Meijs has been appointed chief executive officer of Maastricht Aachen Airport (MST) in the Netherlands

Effective October 1, 2024, Joost Meijs succeeds Jonas van Stekelenburg as director of NV HBLM, which includes the operating companies Maastricht Aachen Airport and Maastricht Aachen Airport Management & Infra.

Meijs is currently CEO of  Aruba Airport. He joined Aruba in 2019, navigating the airport through the pandemic and implementing a new corporate strategy aimed at making the airport one of the safest, most sustainable and future-proofed in South America and the Caribbean. The first phase of Gateway 2030, an extensive $300m plus investment programme, was recently delivered.

Joost Meijs played a key role in establishing the Dutch Caribbean Cooperation of Airports (DCCA), which aims to improve the safety, connectivity, and sustainability of the airports in the region.

This initiative resulted in the launch of the first electric plane in the Caribbean airspace from Aruba Airport in 2022.

From 2008 to 2019, Meijs was CEO of Eindhoven Airport.

“Joost Meijs brings great experience and we are confident that he will build on the airport’s reputation as a high-performing and innovative airport,” said Frans Weekers, chairman of the supervisory board of NV HBLM. “We welcome Joost and look forward to him continuing Jonas van Stekelenburg’s good work in ensuring Maastricht Aachen Airport’s future direction and sustainable credentials.”

Meijs’ appointment comes after a successful start of the year for the airport, including new (cargo) airlines like Pegasus Airlines and ROM Cargo, Airport Carbon Accreditation level 3, and facilitating Europe’s first ever international electric flight for members of the public.

“I am looking forward to start working on the ambitions as have been formulated in the strategic plans and doing this in a joint effort with all colleagues and the external stakeholders of the airport,” said Meijs.

“Maastricht Aachen Airport has the potential to become a healthy, future oriented and sustainable airport. I have every confidence that it will work.”

Meijs succeeds Jonas van Stekelenburg, who has been interim CEO since September 1, 2023 and will remain involved as an advisor at Maastricht Aachen Airport until the start of 2025.

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