Airport Operations Development Programme

 Want to represent the UAE’s culture and values across the 90 destinations that we operate to? Want to feel and experience the opportunity to assist our guests each and every day? Now imagine being responsible for the smooth transit of millions of guests through a dynamic and high security environment alongside leading an operational team. It’s not easy but we have experts to help you get there.

At Etihad Airways we groom high-potential UAE nationals for senior management roles to enable them to run an entire airport anywhere across our vast global network. It’s an opportunity to showcase the core values and hospitality of Abu Dhabi towards a multicultural audience. So if you are keen to discover your true ability as a problem solver, strategist and as a leader, this could be the professional challenge you are looking for.

Airport Development Programme Structure

Phase 1, one year Phase 2, one year Phase 3, one year
Abu Dhabi, UAE International Assignment International Assignment
• Introduction to Abu Dhabi International airport • Secondment to a modern, developed Etihad destination • Full airprot managment of a modern developed Etihad destination
• Technical, behavioural and experiential learning • Internationally recognised diploma in Ground Operations and Services • Havard diploma in Ground Operations and Services

Selection Criteria


  • UAE national with family book
  • Holder of  High Diploma, a Bachelor’s Degree  or equivalent
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Excellent command of English (written and verbal) with a minimum score of 5.5 on IELTS
  • Willing to relocate overseas for training or placement
  • Maximum of 27 years old
  • Willing to work in shifts and wear specified uniform

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