The New Zealand Airports Association
has a new Chair.
Jim Boult, the Chief Executive of
Christchurch International Airport, has been appointed to the
role. His tenure will commence on 1 August 2012 for the next
Mr Boult says airports are facing a
number of important challenges.
"On top of the rapid technological
change at airports there are dramatic shifts in world travel
trends, due to the steady growth in Asian economies and the
potential numbers of travellers to this part of the world.
The changing age profile of travellers is also resulting in many
more older people who will have the time and resource to travel.
The world's airports are adapting to these changes," he said.
Mr Boult said New Zealand airports
will play a vigorous part in providing the best possible passenger
experience and work with airline partners to grow visitor arrivals
into our fantastic country. He noted the important role of airports
in enabling critical air links, facilitating aviation businesses
and bringing growth to regional economies.
The current chair, Auckland
International Airport Chief Executive, Simon Moutter is standing
down due to his appointment as the new Chief Executive of
Telecom. Tribute was paid to Mr Moutter's outstanding
contribution to the airport sector at the recent NZ Airports
mid-winter Parliamentary reception.
Mr Boult has been in his Christchurch
Airport role since February 2009 and was a crown appointee to the
CIAL board for six years before that. In 2010 he was named 'Airport
Personality of the Year' by the NZ Airports Association. In 2011,
CIAL was awarded the Jim Collins Award for an Outstanding
Contribution to Aviation Safety, recognising CIAL's actions before
and after the Canterbury earthquakes.
He is a former Director and Deputy Chairman of Tourism New Zealand
and has been Director, Managing Director and Chairman of several
substantial public and private companies. For 16 years, he was the
Managing Director of Shotover Jet, which offers one of New
Zealand's most famous tourism experiences. In his home town
of Queenstown, he is active in a number of charities,
council-sponsored working parties and community groups.
NZ Airports Chief Executive, Kevin
Ward said airports welcome Jim's appointment.
"The Airports Association has benefited tremendously from the
strong leadership of its chairs and Jim's appointment will ensure
this continues" said Mr Ward.