Management Team

Damien Tierney
Airport Director

Damien Tierney was appointed to the position of Airport Manager in October 2009 after serving in various positions at City of Derry Airport since 1990. A MBA qualified manager, Damien has twenty years experience in the aviation industry.

In 1995 he became the airport’s Executive Officer with responsibility for all landside airport activities including administration, finance, marketing and all terminal services. In 2007 he became Commercial Manager with responsibility for all commercial activity and route development.

Julian Benbow
Operations Director

Julian Benbow

With more than 18 years of airport operations experience, Julian has been primarily responsible for delivery of the airports safety improvement works programme which has seen the development of a new aircraft parking apron and associated facilities and procedures. Julian has also developed the aerodromes Safety Management System (SMS) which is primarily designed to meet all requirements of a growing airport operation.

In addition to the airfield activities Julian has recently overseen all of the terminal related development projects including a new international arrivals hall, departure lounge facilities, central search area and customer services desk.

Julian’s vision for CoDA is to provide effective, efficient regional air transportation services in collaboration with all of the airport’s partners, including the airlines, Civil Aviation Authority, concessionaires and all airport tenants.

Michael Edwards
Air Traffic Services Manager

MichaelEdwards

Michael Edwards started his aviation career as a Flying Instructor having qualified as a pilot at City of Derry Airport, then named Eglinton Airport. In 1989 Michael returned to City of Derry Airport, working as an Air Traffic Control Officer and subsequently Operations Manager. Michael was appointed as Air Traffic Services Manager in 2007.

Frances Wilson
Finance Manager and Company Secretary

Frances Wilson

Frances Wilson is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ireland, with over five years experience in both accountancy practice and industry. She joined the team at CODA (Operations) Limited in 2008 on secondment from Pricewaterhouse Coopers and was appointed Finance and Administration Manager in December 2010. In June 2011, Frances took on the role of Company Secretary. Frances provides senior management and board of directors with financial and business information required to drive the company and manage its efficiencies.

Directors

Mr. Roy Devine – Chairman

Mr. Paul Byrne

Mr. Albert Harrison

Cllr Gerard Diver

Cllr Joseph Miller

Cllr Eric McGinley

Mr. Damien Tierney

Mr. Joe Campbell

Ms. Sharon O Connor

WHSmith

For everything you need for your journey, from something to read, eat or drink to something to keep the kids amused, you know you can get it at WH Smith.  Don’t miss out on all the great deals we have across the store!

Shopping at City of Derry Airport

Customers can now take advantage of great discounted prices, up to 20% off high street prices for fragrances, skincare and cosmetics, confectionary, watches and gifts.   Our shopping outlet offers significant discounts on prices found on the high-street and for added convenience.

BUY NOW, COLLECT LATER

 

We offer a ‘Buy Now, Collect Later’ facility at the Airport Shop, allowing passengers to purchase shopping before they board their flight, leave it at the airport and collect it on their arrival home where we will have it at the Customer Service waiting for them.  Just ask instore for full details.

HISTORIC SPITFIRE FINALLY RETURNS TO BASE.

70 years after Spitfire P8074 took off from runway 02 at RAF Eglinton, its tailwheel finally touched down again today on the same runway at the City of Derry Airport.

Members of the team which successfully excavated the Mk IIa Spitfire in June this year from a boggy moor on the Inishowen peninsula symbolically reunited the recovered tailwheel with the former war time runway to commemorate its return to base – albeit slightly late.

Jonny McNee who organised this first licenced excavation of a WW2 aircraft in Ireland said the team has been stunned by the state of preservation of the remains.
“The lack of oxygen in the 30 ft of clay ensured many sensitive items survived – the first aid kit, the pilot’s helmet and incredibly paperwork”. He added: “The machine guns, currently being cleaned by the Irish Defence Force’s Ordnance team, are immaculate and even large sections of the tail rudder still retain their original fabric covering” All the recovered remains have now been carefully cleaned, identified, preserved and catalogued.

The recovery made headlines around the world, including Canada which has recently led to an exciting development in the story. The aircraft was the first of a celebrated war time donation of 8 new Spitfires by successful Canadian businessman Garfield Weston.
“It was a moral boosting purchase by the Canadian retail mogul during the RAF’s darkest days in 1940” said Jonny McNee.

Now his son Galen Weston has made a significant donation through the Weston Foundation to assist Derry City Council’s Museum Services in displaying the remains and preserving the sensitive items. Roisin Doherty from the Council’s Museum Service said “The Council are deeply appreciative of this generous offer and now we will focus on how best to display this historic aircraft”. Mr Weston has also funded a commemorative plaque for 133 (Eagle) Squadron RAF which were stationed at RAF Eglinton during October 1941 to January 1942. It will be unveiled in the City of Derry Airport terminal later this year along with a small display of artefacts recovered from the excavation – including the tailwheel.

The recovery was a tremendous team effort and Mr McNee was quick to praise all those who had contributed to the success of this exciting project. He included R Robinson & Son in Claudy who transported the remains from the mountainside on the day of the excavation and then steam cleaned the engine back to a pristine condition at their Claudy Quarry. “Without their help, the team would still be scrubbing away” said a relieved Mr McNee.

“The team also really appreciate the support of the Council Museum team and the City of Derry Airport in ensuring this project can be displayed to its full potential. I’m sure when the display opens, people coming to see it in the Council Museum will be really impressed”.

The substantial remains of the RAF aircraft, which was abandoned by its American pilot Roland L Wolfe after the engine overheated during a convoy patrol, were recovered as part of a BBC NI three-part documentary series called Dig WW2 which will be broadcast early next year. The dig was filmed by Derry based TV company 360 Production.