MIAMI – The Board of Directors of Ferrovial Airports appointed Luke Bugeja as CEO of the operator last Monday, May 31. Bugeja replaces Jorge Gil, who held the position since December 2012.

Gil will remain on for several months to ensure a smooth handover. Bugeja has over 30 years of experience in the aviation industry and airport infrastructure.

Ferrovial, a worldwide infrastructure operator, is a member of Spain’s blue-chip IBEX 35 index and is included in the Sow Jones Sustainability Index and FTSE4Good. All of its activities are guided by the UN Global Compact guidelines, which the Ferrovial signed in 2002.

Luke Bugeja. Photo: Ferrovial Airports

Who is Luke Bugeja?

Luke Bugeja (Melbourne, 1968) has worked in the aviation industry for the most of his career, and has knowledge of airports, airlines, and investment funds’ operational, commercial, and financial aspects.

Bugeja was most recently an operational partner with Hermes GPE, where he was in charge of their transportation investments. He formerly worked at OMERS (Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System), Ontario Airport Investments, and Macquarie Bank Limited/MAp Airport as a senior executive. Held top positions at Changi Airports International in Singapore, London City, Brussels, and Bristol airports over a 14-year span.

Bugeja has 16 years of experience in the airline business, having worked at Virgin Blue, which would later become Virgin Australia (VA), and Qantas Airways (QF).

Denver Airport. Photo: Ferrovial Airports

Comments from Ferrovial CEO

“Luke Bugeja has extensive international experience in the various segments of the aviation business, including airports, airlines, and investment funds. His track record makes him the ideal person to lead Ferrovial’s airport business, an area we wish to expand in the coming years. We are confident that he has the skills to ensure success in the forthcoming concession process within our strategy of sustainable transport infrastructure,” said Ignacio Madridejos, CEO of Ferrovial.

Madridejos added, “I would like to pay tribute to Jorge Gil’s outstanding contribution to Ferrovial over the last 20 years, at Cintra, in the finance area and, most recently, in the Airports division, where he stabilized our investments in times of difficulty, such as the financial crisis and the pandemic. I am convinced he will be successful in his future endeavors, and he has our very best wishes in this connection.”

Featured image: London Heathrow. Photo: Ferrovial Airports