Mr Brennan will manage all aspects of the new airport development on behalf of Etihad Airways in partnership with the Abu Dhabi Airports Company (ADAC) and other major developers. He moves from his current position as Etihad’s regional general manager for Europe.
In his new role, Mr Brennan will work closely with his counterparts at ADAC and other companies involved in the construction and opening of the new $6.8bn airport development.
Geert Boven, Etihad Airways’ executive vice president sales and services, said:
“As one of the world’s fastest growing airlines, it is critical that our home airport can cater for our expansion. Working alongside ADAC and other key stakeholders, the challenge will be to deliver this massive development on time, within budget and to the very highest of standards.
Greg brings to this new role extensive experience and skills and I have every confidence that he will play a major role in making this exciting project a major success.”
Mr Brennan has 20 years of experience in the aviation industry. He joined Etihad Airways in April 2006 as the airline’s manager of airport operations, moving to his current role as regional general manager airport operations Europe in January 2007, where he had responsibility for 11 airports in the continent.
Prior to joining Etihad, Mr Brennan spent 11 years at Australia’s national carrier Qantas, performing a variety of airport roles before joining Virgin Blue in 2000 where he held a number of senior airport management positions, including Sydney airport manager, Brisbane airport manager and Australian regional airport manager.
Mr Brennan said:
“When it opens, the new midfield terminal at Abu Dhabi airport promises to be one of the finest passenger buildings in the world, a fitting home base for Etihad Airways and the first impression for visitors flying into the capital city of the UAE.
To be given the opportunity to lead this project for Etihad is a huge honour and I will do my best to ensure that we get the world-class facility that our customers so richly deserve.”
The new $6.8bn Abu Dhabi midfield terminal will open in phases, beginning at the end of 2011. Once fully operational, the new airport will be able to accommodate 20 million passengers per year. Eventually, capacity is expected to increase to 40 million passengers.