Former Dubai Airports exec takes up CEO role in Abu Dhabi

Former senior Dubai Airports executive Bryan Thompson has been appointed CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports.

Thompson has more than 25 years of international experience in various areas of airport management and operations, including a period as senior vice president – development at Dubai Airports when he led the development of Dubai International Airport as well as Dubai World Central.

Abubaker Seddiq Al Khouri, chairman of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are delighted to announce the appointment of Bryan Thompson to lead to Abu Dhabi Airports at this critical stage in our journey to becoming the world’s leading airport group.

“I am confident that his vast experience and excellent leadership will take Abu Dhabi Airports beyond the delivery and opening of one of the region’s most ambitious infrastructure projects and on towards further establishing Abu Dhabi as a destination of choice for tourism, business travel and transit.”

His appointment comes as Abu Dhabi plans to open a new terminal next year that will increase Abu Dhabi International Airport’s capacity to 45 million passengers per year.

The $2.94 billion Midfield Terminal (MTB) was originally expected to open in December 2017, which was reportedly delayed by the design and execution complexities of the structure’s ornate roof.

Thompson added: “I feel honoured to have been invited to join Abu Dhabi Airports at this remarkable time, as we prepare to unveil our ground breaking project to the world and further highlight everything our unique brand of Arabian hospitality has to offer.

“My focus will be to build on the strong foundations already in place, further cementing Abu Dhabi Aiports’ role as a leading world hub and ensuring the company’s growth in constructive partnership with all relevant stakeholders.”

Thompson, who started his career in the aviation industry as an air traffic controller, holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, Strategy and Finance from the University of South Africa.

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