Edinburgh airport has appointed a former Ryanair executive as aviation director.

Kate Sherry, who was director of route development for eight of her ten years at the budget airline, will oversee the airport’s recovery from the impact of the current pandemic.

She will be tasked with managing airline relationships and growing the airport’s connectivity, and will report to chief executive Gordon Dewar.

Dewar said: “To have someone of Kate’s calibre joining us at this critical time is fantastic news for the airport and the city. We need the very best people to make sure that the impacts of Covid-19 on our airline partners at Edinburgh Airport are minimised and that we can recover as quickly as possible when the opportunity arises.

“Kate is hugely skilled and experienced.  She offers an airline’s perspective which will be incredibly valuable as we work with carriers to rebuild.”

Sherry added: “As aviation faces such challenging times, I’m looking forward to joining this great team to assist in continuing that success and ensuring that the airport and Scotland are as well connected as they can be in the recovery.”