Dunedin International Airport Limited’s (DIAL) Board of Directors has recently accepted the resignation of chief executive Richard Roberts.
Mr Roberts, who joined DIAL in March 1999, will step down on 30 September.
"As the world starts to re-emerge from the impacts of Covid-19 and the aviation industry thinks about the big challenges that lie ahead of it, now is the right time for us to consider new leadership for a new phase at Dunedin Airport," says Mr Roberts.
"Dunedin Airport has many opportunities and challenges ahead as it seeks to rebuild passenger numbers domestically, looks to re-instigate trans-Tasman travel routes, and it embraces its role in sustainability.
"My time with Dunedin Airport has been very rewarding, and I'm very proud of what the team have achieved alongside our shareholders, Dunedin City Holdings Limited and The Crown and our regional partners. I look forward to watch from the sidelines as to what is next for Dunedin Airport."
DIAL Board Chair Shane Ellison says Mr Robert's leadership has seen growth in passenger numbers, support for the local Dunedin and Otago economy, and a 'people-first' approach to the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic.
"I thank Richard, on behalf of our board, for his service to Ōtepoti - Dunedin and wish him the very best."
Mr Roberts, who signalled his intentions to the board in early July 2022, has been working with the board on a transition and, as a result, recruitment processes for a new chief executive are underway. The Dunedin Airport Board anticipates it will make an appointment in the last quarter of 2022.
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