COVID-19 SUPPORT SERIES: In The Trenches with Gordon Dewar CEO of Edinburgh Airport

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  • Members In The Trenches with Gordon Dewar
     20 May 2020
     2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

In our second In The Trenches event, we’re delighted to be welcoming Gordon Dewar, CEO of Edinburgh Airport as guest speaker.  Gordon has been in his current role for 8 years and during this time, Edinburgh Airport has grown to become the busiest in Scotland and the 6th busiest in the UK.  In 2019, passenger numbers grew to 14.7M and 37 airlines flew 221 routes to 158 destinations.  Edinburgh Airport directly employs over 600 people and their ons-site partner operations, brings the total number of employees to 7,000.

Our thanks to Gordon for kindly giving his time and sharing his experiences of the current crisis, thoughts & advice with us, not least given the additional pressures currently in lockdown.  

Key points Gordon will be sharing with us include:

  • His experiences of COVID-19 running an international business with multi-disciplinary teams of 600 direct employees.
  • In the trenches:  what impact the crisis has had on Edinburgh Airport to date.
  • How the business will adapt and change going forward.
  • How he sees the future of travel, both domestically and internationally.
  • Lessons he’s learnt due to the crisis.


Gordon took up the post of Chief Executive of Edinburgh Airport in July 2012. Rebranding the airport as the place where ‘Scotland meets the world’, he has overseen significant capital investment in capacity, productivity improvements and customer service enhancements that have been recognised through airport and wider business awards in Scotland, the UK and internationally.  Gordon spent four years with BAA, from 2007 to 2010, running Glasgow and Edinburgh Airports through periods of extensive investments in terminal capacity and passenger growth. He then spent two years as Chief Executive at Bahrain International Airport, creating an independent and profitable business.

Gordon has held a number of senior positions with leading transport operators, including commercial, general management and business development roles. Prior to this, he spent 10 years in Transport Consultancy. He is a Board Member of the Scottish Police Authority and the Scottish Tourism Alliance.


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Our series of COVID-19 Support Events are FREE for WeDO Scotland members and take place twice weekly in addition to our weekly Brainstorming meetings every Monday at 11am and our Social Drinks on Thursdays at 5pm.