London Southend Airport hires new CEO


London Southend Airport has appointed John Upton as its new CEO, effective September 2022.

Upton brings an impressive track record of growing consumer-facing businesses, delivering exceptional customer service and driving growth.

He said: “I’m thrilled to be joining London Southend Airport and to have the opportunity to work alongside such a fantastic team.  Their relentless focus on our customers, our airline relationships and working as true partners with our local stakeholders and suppliers is remarkable and really sets us apart from our competitors. There’s still so much more to come from London Southend Airport and, powered by our people, I firmly believe that the future will be even brighter.”

Upton will replace Glyn Jones, who has served as the airport’s CEO for seven years, overseeing a period of immense change. Glyn was instrumental in developing the airport’s attractive proposition for customers and airlines alike, positioning the airport as London’s fastest growing airport prior to the pandemic, serving over 40 destinations.