Bristol airport has appointed three new directors ahead of the retirement of long-serving operations director Paul Davies at the end of this year.

Jason Clark has appointed former Condor Ferries finance chief as chief financial officer and Graeme Gamble will join from NATS as chief operating officer.

Gamble was in charge of air traffic control services at seven UK airports at NATS and prior to that he spent three years regulator the CAA as an aerodrome inspector. He will join in January.

The third move has seen Debbie Hartshorn promoted to the position of People Director.

Dave Lees, chief executive at Bristol Airport, said: “These appointments complete a strong leadership team with the right mix of skills to steer the organisation through an exciting period of growth.

“Jason, Graeme and Debbie bring a wealth of experience from inside and outside the aviation sector which will help us achieve our ambition to make Bristol Airport the first choice for air travel to and from the South West of the UK.”

Expected to serve more than 8.5 million passengers this year, Bristol is the ninth busiest airport in the UK, and England’s third largest regional airport.

A new Master Plan is currently being prepared and will set out potential development required to handle up to 20 million passengers per annum from the existing runway by the mid-2040s.

The first phase of growth will be facilitated through the submission of a planning application to North Somerset Council later this year.