Mike Sparrow has been appointed as the new manager of Oxford Airport.

Mr Sparrow has a proven track record in the aviation industry, having started his career in 1981 as an aircraft paint sprayer for the Ministry of Defence working with the RAF and the US Air Force on aircraft such as Harriers, Jaguars, The Red Arrows and the Queens Flight aircraft.

He then became a hazardous cargo specialist before taking over as operations manager at Kemble Airport.

“I have strong family connections with aviation – my father was a fire-fighter at RAF Kemble for 39 years, my grandmother laid the first turf on the airfield when it was originally constructed and my grandfather was an aircraft engineer,” he said.

“I am extremely happy to continue the family tradition, especially at such an interesting time for the aviation industry and specifically Oxford Airport.”

Mr Sparrow takes over immediately following the retirement of Doug Roberts who held the position for six years.