Emirates long-serving UK boss Laurie Berryman is to retire at the end of March after 27 years with the Dubai-based carrier.

He will hand over the reins to Richard Jewsbury as new UK divisional vice president from April 1.

Jewsbury will oversee Emirates’ sales and service functions across its commercial, customer and cargo operations in the UK, reporting to divisional senior vice president commerecailoperations west, Hubert Frach.

He first joined Emirates in 1996 as a commercial analyst, and left in 2001 to pursue career opportunities in New Zealand. In December 2005, he Jewsbury re-joined Emirates in 2005 as vice president route and fleet planning and as since held a number of executive management roles in the commercial, revenue optimisation and performance development departments.

Berryman joined the airline in 1990 as an area manager in the UK and was promoted to UK vice president in December 2010.

Hubert said: “We thank Laurie for his amazing contribution and commitment to our business, and wish him the very best for his retirement. We also welcome Richard to the UK team, where his experience from across various functions in the airline will stand him in good stead as we continue to grow our business in the market.”

Berryman said: “It’s been a fantastic journey over nearly three decades, during which time I was part of Emirates’ growth to become the multi award winning and largest international airline in the world today. It’s been a wonderful experience and I want to thank Emirates and my team in the UK for all their support”.

Jewsbury added: “To lead Emirates in one of our biggest and most important markets is an exciting opportunity, and my immediate priority will be to ensure the successful launch of our new service between Dubai and Stansted in June.

“I’m looking forward to working with our local teams in London, Birmingham, Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle, to build on the successes achieved to date.”

The Stansted service is due to start on June 8.