The Board of Connect Airways Limited, the company jointly owned by Virgin Atlantic Limited, has announced the appointment of Mark Anderson as CEO of Connect Airways.

Connect Airways will acquire management control of Flybe Limited once the merger clearance has been received from the European Commission under the EU Merger Regulation. Anderson joins Connect Airways from his current role as executive vice-president – Customer, Virgin Atlantic.

Anderson has successfully led the strategy, creation and delivery of the world-renowned Virgin Atlantic customer experience. In this role, he was instrumental in putting the customer at the heart of Virgin Atlantic’s goal to be the most respected travel company.

Connect Airways is an independent airline that is jointly owned by Virgin Atlantic Limited, Stobart Group and funds managed by Cyrus Capital Partners Limited.

Lucien Farrell, chairman of Connect Airways, stated: “On behalf the entire Connect Airways Board, I’m delighted to appoint Mark as CEO of Connect Airways. Mark has a proven record of leadership, strategy and commercial delivery. I look forward to working closely with him and supporting the Connect Airways team.”

Once the merger is completed, Connect Airways will be able to offer a host of significantly improved benefits to customers, including a greater range of airport links within the UK, and use the strength of the Virgin brand to offer an enhanced customer experience.


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