Etihad appoints country manager for India
Etihad Airways has appointed Neerja Bhatia as its country manager for India.
Part of the Abu Dhabi-based carrier's expansion plans for India, Bhatia was appointed the position following her role as the airline's acting manager for India during the summer of 2007. In this role she oversaw the launch of new services to Kochi and Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.
"Etihad Airways has made no secret of its desire to increase its Indian operations," said Geert Boven, executive vice president sales and services, Etihad Airways.
"As we look to expand our network to include more of the emerging cities of India, Neerja's experience in helping us to establish these potential new routes will be invaluable," he added.
Etihad is currently waiting governmental approval for eight new destinations to India, including Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Calicut, Chennai, Hyderabad, Jaipur and Kolkata.
"The demand for air travel between the UAE and India is already huge and is set to grow as Abu Dhabi continues its rapid expansion," stated Boven.