Oman Air has appointed Don Hunter as Chief Officer, Airport Operations. Don has spent the last 41 years in aviation, of which 19 years with Cathay Pacific Airways where his responsibilities included running both airport and ground handling subsidiaries in Hong Kong and also Cathay’s commercial operation in South Africa. Don also spent 4 years with Virgin Atlantic, heading their 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.
In his current position with Oman Air, Don 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 Oman.
Don’s entry into aviation was by way of the Royal Air Force, and his first visit to Oman was in 1970 whilst serving in the RAF.
Peter Hill Chief Executive Officer, Oman Air, said on Don’s appointment as the Chief Officer - Airport Operations:
“We are 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 bestow all the support needed for him to carry out his duties.”
On his appointment Don 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 compliment the excellent in-flight service Oman Air offers are very real, but with such an enthusiastic and talented team to work with, I am much looking forward to the opportunity to assist Oman Air reach new heights of service”.