By Parag Deulgaonkar
SalamAir chairman said new CEO will be GCC national
The CEO of Oman’s low-cost carrier SalamAir, Francois Bouteiller, has stepped down, the airline confirmed on Wednesday.
No reason was given for French national Bouteiller’s departure, but the airline said the board of directors has appointed one of its members as the interim CEO.
“The board of directors of SalamAir has made a decision a few weeks ago to change the company’s CEO, and the next appointment will be announced in a few weeks,” said SalamAir chairman Khalid Al Yahmadi.
“The post is currently and temporarily occupied by the advisor and aviation expert on the board of directors," he added.
Al Yahmadi also confirmed the new CEO will be a GCC national.
In an article published in this week’s Arabian Business magazine, Bouteiller admitted the airline needed to turn a profit soon in order to keep the airline flying.
“We have to offer more flights to more destinations. We have to be more competitive and offer good fares that correspond to customer needs.
“If I do that and I can attract enough passengers onboard my flights then I make profit, which is the other reason for the [airline's] existence, because I am a privately owned airline and I am not subsidised by government by any means,” he said.
SalamAir will commence a daily service to Dubai International Airport (DXB) from October, but has curtailed its operations to Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) to one daily flight, from twice-daily service launched in March.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.