After 22 years in British Airways, Ian Howick, Director of Heathrow, has advised that he plans to leave the business at the end of March. Ian said: “My entire working life has been at BA and IAG. It has been an incredible opportunity and privilege and has given my family and me so much.  With many exciting developments coming along under Plan4, it’s been a very hard decision to leave. Nonetheless, I am confident that British Airways has a very promising future under Alex’s leadership and with your help I know the company will go from strength to strength. I want to thank him and all the colleagues I have worked with over the years. I will miss you all very much.”

Alex Cruz, Chairman and Chief Executive, said: ” I am extremely sad that Ian has decided to leave. We have discussed a number of other opportunities within BA in recent months, but I fully respect his decision and the reasons behind it.  Ian has been a great person to work with.  I have learned a great deal from him. I not only thank him for his huge  contribution to British Airways’ success, but for his energy, safety-oriented attitude and team-building skills. I wish him the very best for the future.”

The future Chief Operating Officer and the new Director for Heathrow will be announced in the coming weeks. In the meantime Ian will continue to lead Combined Operations and sit on the Management Committee.