Manchester Airports Group to open New York City branch to offer expertise stateside

New York City skyline seen from West Orange, N.J on April 4, 2015

The company that runs Manchester Airport is expanding stateside, by offering its expertise to north American airports and opening a New York office.

Manchester Airports Group (MAG), which is part-owned by Manchester taxpayers and also operates Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth airports, is setting up an office in New York City as a base to bring in business from June.

The new team will be managed by Rosemarie Andolino who will take up the new role of chief executive officer and president of Manchester Airports Group US branch.

She will oversee the development of MAG’s airport services business in North America.

Rosemarie Andolino will take up the new role of chief executive officer and president of Manchester Airports Group US branch

MAG US will work with airports to develop and operate terminal improvements and shopping facilities, passenger lounges and car parking services.

Their CV includes an ongoing £260m redevelopment of Stansted, a £12m terminal revamp at East Midlands and the recent £3.5m security lane upgrade at Manchester.

MAG has also proved its skill in the retail arena, this year opening Pork and Pickle, the Lion and Antelope in Terminal 3 and the Spinning Jenny in Manchester’s Terminal two.

Charlie Cornish, group chief executive of MAG, said: “I am delighted to welcome Rosemarie to the business and am confident that she will be the driving force in building a successful airport services business for MAG in North America.

“The combination of Rosemarie’s experience of major U.S aviation projects and MAG’s existing expertise drawn from its running of four UK airports, makes me confident that we will have a unique offering for the North American market.

“MAG has transformed the airports under its ownership, both from an operational and financial perspective. Since acquiring Stansted just over two years ago, we have invested in creating a new passenger experience and turned it into the fastest growing major airport in the UK.

“Much of this success has been driven by our unique ownership structure that has enabled us to work closely with both public and private investors to deliver airports that truly serve the regions in which they operate.”

Rosemarie Andolino brings more than 12 years experience in international airport management.

As Chicago Department of Aviation Commissioner – overseeing O’Hare and Midway International Airports – she was in charge of the world’s busiest airport system, handling over a million flights, 87m passengers with an operating budget of £1bn every year.

She said: “I am delighted to be appointed CEO and president of MAG US. MAG has impeccable credentials for the ownership and operation of airports in key markets.

“The airport industry in North America is going through a period of transition and MAG is well placed to play a significant role in supporting airports develop new and improved facilities for passengers and airlines.

“I very much look forward to building on the success that MAG has enjoyed to date.”

It is not yet known how many staff will be based in New York or the income expected from the new branch of business.

MAG currently serves 48 million passengers through its ownership and operation of four UK airports: Manchester, London Stansted, East Midlands and Bournemouth.

MAG is privately managed on behalf of its shareholders.

Manchester City Council and the nine Greater Manchester Councils own a combined 64.5pc with Australian fund manager IFM Investors owning the remaining 35.5pc.

Manchester Airport passenger numbers have continued to grow, with nearly 30,000 more people using the airport during April 2015 than the same month last year.

Rosemarie Andolino profile

With a focus on the environment, air service development and customer service, Ms Andolino managed an £8bn revamp of O’Hare’s runways.

She also delivered more than 40 new major routes and 12 new international carriers; implemented the first United States Customs Border Protection Automated Passport Control technology; and lead Westfield’s $26m redevelopment of the international terminal, resulting in increased sales of nearly 70pc.

In the last decade, CDA has increased its regional economic impact by $2.8bn.

Andolino, who in 2014 was named by Premier Magazine as one of the ‘30 most compelling women in the travel industry’, joins MAG US from Jacobs Engineering where she has been Vice President of Aviation.

She will commence work with MAG US on June 1 and will manage a team based in a new office, set to open in New York City later this year.

About Rosemarie Andolino

  • 2014 – 2015 Vice President Aviation, Jacobs Engineering

Chicago Department of Aviation

  • 2009 – 2014 Aviation Commissioner
  • 2003 – 2014 Executive Director, City of Chicago, O’Hare Modernization Programme
  • 1999 – 2003 First Deputy Commissioner; City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development

Other Experience

  • Board Member at SOS Children’s Villages
  • US Travel, Board member and Chair of the Gateway Airports Council
  • American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE)


  • Advisory Board member of WTS Greater Chicago Chapter
  • Airports Council International (ACI) World Board, Regional Advisor
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