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"It has been a pretty steep learning curve from commercial finance."
"It's been busy," says Mr Bell, who, despite being seemingly landed in the deep end is revelling in his role.
from 10.3m to 10.5m.
Last year total passenger movements were 439,000, compared to 408,000 the year before. It's still a long way behind the 776,000 in 2006/7, but it's about the same number as in 2004/5.
"It's what I enjoy," he says. "There's an awful lot to do."
At the end of 2010 there was a shark attack in Egypt's Sharm al Sheikh resort Adidas Climacool Seduction Red another new destination.
However, his aim is to stabilise the airport by making its economic integrity not reliant on passenger numbers, which can fluctuate.
This was then followed by the toppling of Egyptian premier Muhammad Mubarak in a popular uprising.
Mr Bell has also launched new initiatives an airport passenger consultation group through which issues facing passengers can be independently looked at.
Private general aviation grew significantly increasing from 1,500 to 3,800. However, scheduled flights were flat and offshore numbers dipped.
a phone call to say airspace was closed and what are you going to do."
"It has flown by," he says. "The first thing that happened was the ash cloud. We had Adidas Climacool 1 Sizing
Having studied French and Italian at university, he went on to train as a chartered accountant at PricewaterhouseCoopers before joining book wholesaler the Bertram Group in accounts. He then joined Norwich Airport owner Omniport as finance controller, becoming group finance director. Now he gets involved in everything from talking to carriers about new routes and property development on the site to customer interaction and mediation and looking after people.
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All of this was on top of a bad winter in 2009/10 followed by one of the worst winters in recent decades just gone.
Mr Bell was pleased with the passenger growth, especially after the tumultuous year: "Eight per cent growth is one of the highest growth rates in the UK outside London. A lot of other regional airports are still declining."
So how has the airport fared in the past year?
While airports like Stansted and Heathrow can rely on revenue from retail operations and others can make money from parking, due to Norwich's position neither are easy cash makers for the airport.
Despite not acquiring Scotia, the airport did gain Bond in July last year and the firm recently became part of the global World Helicopters, part of Spanish group Inaer and signs of investment are postitive.
He believes it is the first airport to do so. It was also one of the first regional airports to launch a smartphone app to let people check up to date arrivals and departure times.
Next there was a major flood disaster in Funchal, Madeira, a new destination for the airport.
All in a year's work for new airport chief
A Belgian offshore helicopter firm moved to the airport. Although Sterling Aviation is struggling, Saxonair, part of Klyne Aviation, is on the verge of opening its new 6m Business Aviation Centre.
This was seen to have been sparked by the uprisings in Tunisia also a new destination for the airport.
This means developing the site.
"That peak proved there is a market," he said. "There is a demand from the catchment area. It shows we are in good shape and confident we can grow and that we've been there before."
The 2006/7 peak was explained by Flybe's introduction of cheaper flights, which proved unsustainable economically.
And that is just one side of the business. Planning permission for a new engine testing facility is subject to a judicial review and a move by Scotia from Great Yarmouth to Norwich, which would boost the airport as a major heliport, was halted.
Passenger numbers in the year to the end of April have grown 8pc year on year overall with holiday charter flights growing an impressive 73pc, from 61,000 to 106,000, despite the issues with Egypt, Tunisia and Funchal and the air ash. Destinations have included Madiera, Bulgaria, Antalya, Alicante, Sharm al Sheikh, Tenerife and Monastir Adidas Boost Gold
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