Oman − Chief Officer, Airport Operations

ON APRIL 9, Oman Air announced it had appointed Don Hunter as its Chief Officer, Airport Operations.  He will be responsible for running the ground handling elements of Oman’s airports, including check-in, passenger, baggage handling and Airport Services – Cargo for Oman Air and the 26 other airlines that operate scheduled services in Oman.  He will also be responsible for planning and developing those elements into the new airports and facilities currently under construction in the country.
Mr Hunter has spent the last 41 years in aviation, of which 19 were with Cathay Pacific, where his responsibilities included running both airport and ground handling subsidiaries in Hong Kong and Cathay’s commercial operation in South Africa.  He also spent four years with Virgin Atlantic, heading up its Airport Services department, responsible for Virgin’s 31 airports worldwide.  Most recently, he held the position of Vice President with Dnata, both in Dubai and the Philippines.
His entry into aviation was through the Royal Air Force, and his first visit to Oman was in 1970 whilst serving in the RAF.
Peter Hill, Chief Executive Officer of Oman Air, said: “We are very happy to appoint Don Hunter in this position.  With his vast experience and expertise, we are sure he will ably assist Oman Air’s expansion plans.  We wish him all the best and look forward to providing all the support needed for him to carry out his duties.”
On his appointment Don Hunter said: “I am truly delighted to be returning to this wonderful country after so many years and at such a tremendously exciting time for Oman Air.  The challenges of ‘raising the bar’ on the ground, to complement the excellent in-flight service Oman Air offers, are very real, but with such an enthusiastic and talented team to work with, I am looking forward to the opportunity to assist Oman Air reach new heights of service.”