Abu Dhabi Airports confirms Elena Sorlini as MD and CEO

Abu Dhabi Airports confirms Elena Sorlini as MD and CEO

Sorlini oversaw the recent opening of Abu Dhabi International Airport’s state-of-the-art Terminal A

Abu Dhabi Airports has announced the appointment of Elena Sorlini as its managing director and chief executive officer. 

With more than 20 years of experience in the aviation industry, Sorlini held various senior management positions before joining Abu Dhabi Airports, including executive director of Transport & Logistics at ADQ, vice president of Group Corporate Strategy at Oman Aviation Group and strategy director at Copenhagen Airports. 

Prior to that, she served as vice president at Macquarie Airports, one of the largest private airport owners and operators in the world. 

Sorlini is transitioning into the role permanently after serving in an interim capacity since June 2023. Since joining Abu Dhabi Airports, she has overseen the successful opening of Abu Dhabi International Airport's new state-of-the-art Terminal A, which ranks among the largest airport terminals in the world with the capacity to host 45 million passengers annually.

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Sorlini has also played an important role in maintaining the steady increase of passenger traffic numbers, which continue to experience year-on-year growth, and attracting new airlines and routes to Abu Dhabi, including the French national carrier Air France.

Abu Dhabi Airports Chairman of the Board of Directors His Excellency Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan said: “On behalf of the board, we are delighted to welcome Elena Sorlini as the managing director and chief executive officer of Abu Dhabi Airports. With her proven track record of success in the aviation sector, we have full confidence in her ability to lead the organisation through its next phase of growth, underscored by our commitment to solidifying Abu Dhabi's position as a global tourism destination and a leading aviation hub. I wish her all the best in her new role.”

Sorlini added: “Following the opening of Terminal A, I remain committed to unlocking the full growth potential of Abu Dhabi's tourism and trade industry. I look forward to contributing to the recognition of Abu Dhabi International Airport as one of the best airports in the world, meeting the highest standards of quality for our passengers.”

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