Heathrow chief leaves post

Tony Douglas, BAA divisional director and chief executive of Heathrow Airport is stepping down and leaving the company. Douglas, who is set to join the Laing O’Rourke Group as its chief operating officer, has been with BAA for nine years in a number of senior roles, and leaves at a tumultuous time for the airport. While Terminal 5 is scheduled to open on time and on budget, that good news has been tempered of late by the passenger congestion brought on by the extra security checks. BAA CEO Stephen Nelson said: "Tony’s outstanding achievement for BAA had been the development of Terminal 5, one of Europe’s largest building projects. He has also secured outline planning permission for a new terminal, Heathrow East. I would like to thank Tony for his tremendous contribution and wish him every success in his new role.” Mark Bullock, managing director of Heathrow, assumes responsibility for the running of the airport.

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