Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has appointed Craig Thomas as General Manager for Canada.
Craig Thomas GM Canada
Craig will be based in Toronto, where he will be responsible for all commercial activity for Etihad Airways, as well as further growing the airline’s relationships with trade and corporate partners. He will report to Martin Drew, the airline’s new Vice President of The Americas.
Craig most recently served as Etihad Airways’ Regional General Manager – Asia Pacific North and the Indian Subcontinent, based in Bangkok. He joined Etihad Airways in 2005 as the Sales and Marketing Manager – Southern Africa and later served as the airline’s General Manager – Thailand and State Manager of Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. Prior to joining Etihad Airways, Craig held various management roles in airport operations at Virgin Atlantic and served as Corporate Travel Manager at De Beers.
Danny Barranger, Vice President of Global Sales for Etihad Airways, said: “Craig’s extensive experience in and knowledge of the India Subcontinent will be a tremendous asset as consumer demand for travel between Canada, the UAE and onto the Indian Subcontinent and destinations around the world continues to grow. As we celebrate Etihad Airway’s 10th anniversary of service in Canada this year, he will play a critical role in helping further raise awareness about the airline’s world-class product and hospitality offerings for guests traveling with us.”
Etihad Airways currently operates three flights per week between Abu Dhabi and Toronto.
Craig, who assumes his new role on June 16, replaces James Harrison who has been appointed General Manager – United Kingdom for Etihad Airways.