A new chief executive is taking over at Leeds Bradford airport.

Hywel Reesjoins from owner AMP Capital, where he has been a senior member of the asset management team for five years, with a focus on airports.

He was the asset director for Newcastle airport, which has been an AMP Capital managed asset for more than six years.

Rees was also the asset director for Luton airport on behalf of AMP Capital, which took a 49% stake last year.

He succeeds David Laws who has retired from the airport after almost two years to become a senior advisor to AMP Capital.

AMP Capital acquired Leeds Bradford airport in 2017 and is a long-standing investor in other airports including Newcastle airport and Melbourne airport in Australia.

Rees said: “I am delighted to join Leeds Bradford airport and look forward to working with the team to grow the airport long-term and deliver a high-quality service experience.

“I know what a positive contributor Leeds Bradford airport is to the local economy and am excited by the opportunity to work with the airport staff and our key partners including airlines, government and the local business community.”

Airport chairman Andy Clarke said: “We are very pleased Hywel is joining us as chief executive.

“His understanding of airports at a leadership level, particularly their crucial contribution to the local regional economy, will be valuable to the airport as we embark on the next stage of our growth and cement the airport’s position as a gateway to and from the Yorkshire region for leisure and business passengers, both internationally and closer to home. Hywel has the experience to take the airport to new highs.”