Etihad Airways Appoints 34 UAE Nationals as Airport Managers

As part of the Etihad Airways Emiratisation programme, designed to place Emiratis in senior working roles, the airline has appointed 34 Emirati employees to key roles across the airline’s network.
The UAE nationals were appointed as airport and airport duty managers in 25 destinations across Europe, the United States, Middle East, South East Asia and the Pacific region.
The carrier says most of these appointments are part of its Airport Operations  Management Programme, a structured three-year training initiative that develops talented Emiratis who are carefully selected and trained in all aspects of airport operations.
Etihad’s programme is underpinned by a recognised International Air Transport Association Diploma aimed at elevating the aviation knowledge and experience of the airport graduate managers and, as a result, helping them build their careers in the aviation industry.
The airline says its international appointments are based on its business needs and staff capabilities.  This means that high-performing employees are assigned to busy destinations where they can gain even more exposure and face more challenges.
Captain Richard Hill, Etihad Airways’ Chief Operations Officer, said: “The expertise of
Emirati staff is crucial to the growth of our airline.  These appointments are part of our strategy to attract and develop top Emirati talent for key roles in our expanding global
“These Emirati managers have shown exceptional aptitude and I am delighted to announce their international appointments.
“They will have the opportunity to make a positive impact on our business and further
their careers in some of our most important markets worldwide.”
Othman Bakhit Al Ghafli, Etihad Airways’ Airport Manager in South Korea, said: “My
career in Etihad began when I joined the graduate management programme in 2007,
and since then I have been appointed as Airport Duty Manager in Chicago, Jeddah
and Geneva.
“Today my hard work is being rewarded with a promotion to Airport Manager at Seoul
International Airport in South Korea.  I am grateful to the Etihad Airways’ management team for their continuous encouragement and support.”