Thomas Woldbye has officially taken over as Heathrow CEO, opening a new chapter in the airport’s decade of transformation.

As new CEO, Thomas Woldbye will oversee the airport’s multi-billion pound plans to upgrade existing facilities over the next three years, including a next-generation security programme and new baggage system for Terminal 2.

Heathrow’s success is built on collaborative relationships with local communities, Team Heathrow partners including airlines and ground handlers and stakeholders across sustainability, business and politics. Woldbye will spend the coming weeks getting to know these stakeholders and hearing their thoughts on how to improve the airport.

I’m looking at how we can make Heathrow even better for our customers and the British economy

Thomas Woldbye, London Heathrow Airport

“The UK already has a hub airport that is the envy of much of the world. As I spend my first days getting to know the colleagues and Team Heathrow partners who make it a success, I’m looking at how we can make Heathrow even better for our customers and the British economy. It’s humbling to have the opportunity to take on the challenge and I’m excited to get started,” the new CEO said.

Heathrow CEO Thomas Woldbye

Woldbye was peviously CEO of Copenhagen Airport

Woldbye succeeds John Holland-Kaye, who served as Heathrow’s CEO for more than nine years, transforming the airport into a premier global hub, developing the Heathrow expansion plan that secured overwhelming Parliamentary approval, navigating the business through the COVID-19 pandemic, and helping push global aviation towards net zero by 2050 in line with the Paris Agreement.

Thomas Woldbye was CEO of Copenhagen Airport from May 2011 to September 2023, having previously served as Group CEO of Norfolkline Group. Prior to that, he spent 27 years with A.P. Møller-Maersk.

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