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Gordon Dewar

Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport Limited

Personal Details




Strathclyde University
London School of Economics


MBA, BSc (Hons) Geography


Squash, music, rugby & travel

Career Summary

Gordon Dewar took up the post of Chief Executive in July 2012. Under his stewardship, Edinburgh Airport has consolidated itself as one of Europe's leading airports with being named Best European Airport of its size by the ACI for an unprecedented third time.

Rebranding the airport as the place where 'Scotland meets the world'€™, Gordon has overseen airlines including Virgin Atlantic, Air Canada and Turkish Airlines commence services at Edinburgh, driving passenger numbers over 1 million for an individual month in July and August 2013. In 2014 Edinburgh will welcome Qatar and US Airways as well as a new destination of Chicago from United as the airport reach extends further into the long-haul market.

The airport has announced a £25m security expansion as part of a 5 year, £150m investment which Gordon will lead ensuring that customer service will remain at the core of delivery as the airport expends its capacity.

Gordon spent 4 years with BAA running Glasgow and Edinburgh airports through periods of extensive investments in terminal capacity and passenger growth from 2007 to 2010. He then spent 2 years as Chief Executive at Bahrain International Airport overhauling the facilities and operations there and creating a profitable business for the first time.

He has held a number of senior positions with leading transport operators, including commercial, general management and business development roles. Prior to this he spent 10 years in Transport Consultancy.

Key Dates

2012 - present Chief Executive, Edinburgh Airport
2010 -€“ 2012 Chief Executive, Bahrain Airport Company
2008 -€“ 2010 Managing Director, Edinburgh Airport
2007 -€“ 2008 Managing Director, Glasgow Airport
2006 -€“ 2007 Arriva plc, Commercial Director, UK Regions
1999 -€“ 2006 FirstGroup plc:
First ScotRail, Commercial Director (2004 -€“ 2006)
First ScotRail Franchise Bid Team (2003 -€“ 2004)
Commercial Director, Scotland (2002 -€“ 2003)
Managing Director, Edinburgh (2001 -€“ 2002)
1989 - 1999 Halcrow, Associate & Public Transport Team Leader, Scotland