Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has appointed UAE nationals as Airport Managers in South Korea, Seychelles, and Saudi Arabia. This brings to eight the number of Etihad Airways’ Emirati Airport Managers across the world.
Hashemi has been appointed Airport Manager for Incheon, South Korea (ICN).
Yousuf Mohammed has been selected as Airport Manager for Medina, Saudi Arabia
(MED), and Mansour Hamad will be Airport Manager for Seychelles (SEZ), in Mahé.
Ray Gammell, Etihad Aviation
Group’s Chief People and Performance Officer, said: “These new appointments embody the success of our UAE National
Development Programme and also demonstrates our ability to attract top Emirati
talent from elsewhere. Our new airport managers are excellent examples of our Emirati
employees’ enthusiasm to become leaders in aviation, and I look forward to watching their careers continue to
An important part of developing
the UAE national workforce is the opportunity to work in a dynamic, multi-cultural environment and to be posted on
international assignments to accelerate their development. More than 90 UAE nationals are positioned at the airline’s offices and
airports across the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas.
Fatima is the airline’s second Emirati female
Airport Manager. She joined Etihad Airways in 2012 as a Graduate Manager and
has worked in Abu Dhabi and Singapore. Fatima graduated from Zayed University in Dubai with
a degree in Business Administration and Information Technology.
Yousuf began his career in
the aviation industry in 2004 as an airport services agent. He joined Etihad
Airways in 2011 as an Operations Duty Manager and has worked in Jeddah, Kuala
Lumpur, Colombo, and most recently, Muscat.
Mansour is a 13 year
veteran of the UAE Air Force, where he worked in roles as diverse as Air Defence, Search and Rescue, and Air Traffic Control. He joined Etihad Airways
in 2011 and has worked in operations in Doha, Manchester and Riyadh. His last
position was as Duty Manager in Riyadh.
Geert W. Boven, Etihad Airways’ Senior Vice-President Global Airport Services, said: “It’s great to have staff
of this calibre on our team. They will have overall responsibility for our operations
at their airports, including safety, security, and station performance
management. These are challenging roles requiring a number of diverse skills
sets that have been carefully developed during their careers with us.”
The UAE’s national airline employs over
3,000 Emiratis globally. In 2015 the airline welcomed more than 1,200 UAE
nationals to its global workforce, representing 30 per cent of its core staff –
the largest nationality group of the 140 nationalities within Etihad
Airways’ multicultural global team.