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Hawaiian Airlines Appoints Lokesh Amaranayaka as Vice President of Airport Operations

Hawaiian Airlines has appointed Lokesh Amaranayaka as Vice President of Airport Operations. In his new role, Mr. Amaranayaka will oversee all passenger, ramp and contract service operations at airports across the carrier’s global network.


Hawaiian Airlines' New Vice President of Airport Operations, Lokesh Amaranayaka - Courtesy Hawaiian Airlines

On Tuesday (April 3, 2023), Hawaiian Airlines announced the appointment of Lokesh Amaranayaka as the carrier’s new Vice President of Airport Operations effective April 1st, 2023. In his new role, Mr. Amaranayaka will oversee passenger, ramp and contract service operations across Hawaiian’s global network. He will be responsible for safety, performance and reliability, including on-time departures and arrivals, baggage handling, and guest service and satisfaction.

Lokesh Amaranayaka joins Hawaiian following a 24-year career with American Airlines, where he started as a reservations agent, and later led numerous roles, before leading American’s expansive operations at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Additionally, he managed front line operations at American’s Dallas headquarters and major airports, including New York (JFK), Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW), and Miami International Airport (MIA).


In Tuesday’s announcement, Hawaiian Airlines’ Chief Operating Officer, Jon Snook, said,


“Lokesh’s people-oriented approach aligns with our company’s values, and his depth of airport knowledge will enable Hawaiian to continue offering the best Hawaiʻi travel experience to our guests worldwide.”


Lokesh Amaranayaka is a McKinsey & Company’s Black Executive Leadership Program graduate and an alumnus of the Management Leadership for Tomorrow Career Advancement Program.

Hawaiian® Airlines, Hawai’i’s hometown airline, has been the number one U.S. carrier for on-time performance for the past 18 years (2004-2021). The carrier has been in business for 94 years and is Hawaiʻi’s largest and longest-serving airline. Hawaiian Airlines offers approximately 150 daily flights within the Hawaiian Islands and daily nonstop service to 15 U.S. mainland gateways. Additionally, the carrier connects Honolulu with American Samoa, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Tahiti and the Cook Islands (from May 20, 2023). Hawaiian Airlines, Inc. is a subsidiary of Hawaiian Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: HA).



Source: Hawaiian Airlines

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