Oman Air grows UK team to target business travel market

Oman Air grows UK team to target business travel market

The UK based team of Oman Air has welcomed the appointment of a new corporate account manager and role expansion of its leisure account manager.

Both moves are designed to aid plans to further develop the UK corporate market for the national carrier of the Sultanate of Oman.

Darren McCormick has been appointed as corporate account manager.

This is a new role for Oman Air which will see McCormick developing and promoting the airline to the corporate and small and medium enterprise market.

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He will be based in Manchester, working alongside Oman Air’s Manchester district sales manager Feysal Nagi.

McCormick will be responsible for expanding Oman Air’s presence in the north, where the service has been in operation since 2017 providing business travellers seamless connections via Oman Air’s hub, in Muscat, to a wide range of destinations across the globe.

Darren brings 22 years travel industry experience with him having previously worked at Airline Network for seven years.

With MICE travel emerging as an important sub-sector of tourism for Oman, Poonam Gill-Khosa’s role as leisure account manager is being extended to incorporate MICE travel as part of her responsibilities within specialist sales.

Gill-Khosa is based in the London Oman Air office.

Poonam boasts 12 years of aviation experience having worked at Etihad Airways as group sales coordinator, reservation and ticketing agent, and sales support executive, before joining Oman Air.

Kelpesh Patel, UK country manager, Oman Air, said: “With our award-winning first class and business class offering, I believe there is a real opportunity for Oman Air to showcase its offering and attract more business travellers, and I’m delighted that Poonam and Darren will be at the forefront.

“Growing business travel from the UK is certainly one of our priorities and with an increasing demand of MICE travellers to the sultanate, it is essential that we have dedicated staff at Oman Air to support this.

“I am confident that Poonam and Darren will be instrumental in helping us achieve our goals.”