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Salil Nath to step up as Etihad Airways General Manager for the Indian Continent

Salil Nath has been appointed as the General Manager of the Indian Subcontinent for Etihad Airways, the national airline of the UAE. In his new role, which is based in New Delhi, Nath will be responsible for overseeing all commercial activities across a key cluster for the Etihad network in the central region, which includes India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Seychelles. Nath will be taking over from Neerja Bhatia, who is retiring after serving at Etihad Airways for 18 years. Khan praised Bhatia’s astute leadership over the years, which was a defining factor in the airline’s growth in the Indian subcontinent, and expressed gratitude on behalf of Etihad Airways for her unwavering support and dedication.

Nath has been a part of the Etihad team since 2012 and has previously served as the Regional Sales Manager of key sectors, including Bangalore-Hyderabad, North and East India. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he also managed Central India as well as Bangladesh and Seychelles. Before joining Etihad, Nath worked with Kingfisher Airlines, which is part of the United Breweries Group, and had a brief stint at the multinational travel management company Amex GBT, where he oversaw corporate sales and client servicing.

Etihad Airways’ Vice President for the Middle East, Africa, and the Sub-Continent, Amer Khan, has expressed the importance of India in the airline’s growth strategy, stating that the country contributes significantly to its global operations. He also mentioned that Salil Nath has been appointed to lead Etihad’s commercial activities in the region as the airline looks to expand its operations. Nath, who holds a degree in Hotel Management from the Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration in Manipal, specializes in Sales and Marketing.

Nath expressed his excitement in his new role, stating that Etihad Airways is one of the world’s most recognized and trusted airlines, with a strong and expanding network, and he looks forward to enabling growth and delivering value in his new position.