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Roy McNulty to step down as Gatwick chairman

By John Mulgrew

One of Northern Ireland's best known businessmen, Sir Roy McNulty, is stepping down from his role as chairman of Gatwick Airport. Sir Roy, who has spent most of his working life in Northern Ireland, is also a former chief executive of Bombardier.

The Donegal man - who is also chairman of the late Lord Ballyedmond's Norbrook - will be replaced by Sir David Higgins in January.

Sir Roy will continue on the airport's board. "I am delighted Sir David has accepted the appointment as the new chairman of Gatwick," he said. "We worked closely together for over five years at the Olympic Delivery Authority.

"He combines a first-class intellect with the ability to give clear strategic direction and make things happen. He is exactly the right person to lead Gatwick through the next chapter in its development.

"Gatwick has made significant progress under new ownership over the last seven years, since the break-up of BAA. We have shown beyond doubt that competition works. We have invested over £1.5bn in new facilities and passenger numbers have grown year on year - from 31.3 million in 2010 to over 42 million in 2016."

Following the vote from Brexit, Sir Roy told the Belfast Telegraph, that leaving the EU could hit the travel and airline industries, but that they would soon recover.

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