Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates, has announced the appointment of Salil Nath as General Manager of the Indian Subcontinent.
Nath will be based in New Delhi and will be responsible for all commercial activities in a key cluster for the Etihad network, which includes India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, and Seychelles.
Salil Nath has been with Etihad since 2012, starting as Regional Sales Manager for Bangalore-Hyderabad, followed by the North and East India. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he took on additional responsibilities for managing Central India, Bangladesh, and Seychelles.
Prior to joining Etihad, Nath worked for Kingfisher Airlines, part of the United Breweries Group, and briefly at American Express Global Business Travel.
Amer Khan, Vice President Middle East, Africa, and The Sub-Continent for Etihad Airways, expressed the importance of India to Etihad’s growth strategy and welcomed Salil Nath to his new role leading Etihad’s commercial activities in the region. “India plays a crucial role in Etihad Airways’ growth strategy, contributing significantly to the airline’s global operations, and we are honoured to support demand in one of the fastest-growing aviation markets in the world. As we look to expand our operations, we are delighted to have Salil take up the new role, leading Etihad’s commercial activities in the region.”
Nath’s degree in Hotel Management from Welcomgroup Graduate School of Hotel Administration in Manipal, specializing in Sales and Marketing, will be a valuable asset in his new position.
Nath will succeed Neerja Bhatia, who is retiring after 18 years of service at Etihad Airways. Khan expressed gratitude for Bhatia’s leadership, which he credits as a defining factor for the airline’s growth in the Indian subcontinent.
Nath expressed his excitement to work for one of the world’s most recognized and trusted airlines, with a strong and growing network, and hopes to deliver value and enable growth in his new role.