With long-standing CEO Edmond Rose moving on from his role at the end of February at Airport Coordination Ltd (ACL), the UK authorised slot allocator, has a new boss.

Taking up the post is , formerly managing director of Southampton Airport, where he had been for 10 years, having risen through the ranks after initially joining them as terminal operations manager in 2010.

The chair of ACL, Lesley Cowley said: “I am delighted to welcome Neil to ACL. Whilst our current CEO will be much missed, we are confident that Neil’s experience, drive and values make him an ideal successor to lead ACL as we emerge from the pandemic.”

The new CEO, Neil Garwood, said: “I am excited to be joining the world’s leading independent airport coordination organisation at a time of seismic change in the industry and very much look forward to continuing to deliver on ACL’s ambition of world class coordination excellence for our customers and stakeholders.”

In normal times the position of ACL CEO could be best described as a ‘hot potato’ but with virtually every airport worldwide likely to have available slots for the foreseeable future, the pressure will be less to accommodate landing and take-off requests.