McMillan named AGS Airports CEO

The Glasgow Airport MD will also take on the chief executive role at AGS Airports, the Ferrovial-Macquarie partnership that acquired Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports.

Glasgow Airport managing director Amanda McMillan has been appointed chief executive of AGS Airports, the partnership which Ferrovial and Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets (MIRA) established to acquire Aberdeen, Glasgow and Southampton airports from Heathrow Airport Holdings for £1.048 billion (€1.313 billion; $1.679 billion) in October.

The announcement was made on Thursday, the same day that AGS officially became owner of the three airports.

According to the statement, McMillan will work closely with AGS’ chair Peter Mason to oversee operations. Each airport, however, will be managed locally, with Carol Benzie and David Lees remaining managing directors of Aberdeen and Southampton, respectively. McMillan will continue to serve as managing director of Glasgow.

“I look forward to working with Amanda, as well as the MDs of Aberdeen and Southampton as we look to continue the growth of the three airports,” Mason said. “She [McMillan] will play a key role as we look to grow passenger numbers and routes at the airports.”

McMillan joined Heathrow Airport Holdings in October 2005, initially working in the Business Support Centre before moving to Glasgow Airport in September 2006.

Mason, who became chair upon completion of the deal, was chairman of Thames Water and chief executive of AMEC.

AGS is a 50-50 partnership between the Spanish developer Ferrovial and MIRA. The Australian fund manager invested in the joint venture through its Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 4 (MEIF4), a vehicle it closed in 2013 on €2.75 billion. The firm, via MEIF and MEIF3, remains a shareholder in Brussels and Copenhagen Airports.