She has 20 years of experience in the aviation sector

Elena Sorlini, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports

Abu Dhabi Airports, the company responsible for managing and operating the five commercial airports in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, announced the appointment of Elena Sorlini as Managing Director and CEO of the company.

Abu Dhabi Airports reported that Sorlini is moving to this role permanently after working on a temporary basis since June 2023.

Since joining Abu Dhabi Airports, Elena Sorlini has supervised the successful opening of the new Passenger Terminal A at Abu Dhabi International Airport, which is among the largest airport buildings in the world and has the capacity to host 45 million passengers annually and accommodate 79 aircraft at any time, which enhances the contribution of... The aviation sector in the diversified economy of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

It also played an important role in maintaining the increase in passenger traffic, which continues to witness annual growth, as well as attracting new airlines and routes to Abu Dhabi, including the French national carrier, Air France.


Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Advisor for Special Affairs at the Ministry of Presidential Affairs and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “On behalf of the Board of Directors, we are pleased to welcome Elena Sorlini to the position of Managing Director and CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports.

Thanks to her proven track record of success in the aviation sector, we have full confidence in her ability to lead the organization through the next stage of growth, which is confirmed by our commitment to strengthening Abu Dhabi’s position as a global tourist destination and a leading aviation hub.

I wish her all the best in her new role.”

For her part, Managing Director and CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, Elena Sorlini, said: “I am honored to officially assume the position of Managing Director and CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports.

On this occasion, I renew my commitment to supporting and promoting growth for the tourism and trade sectors in Abu Dhabi, especially after the opening of Terminal A.”

She added: “Abu Dhabi has a lot of potential, in addition to being a leading center for excellence and innovation, and our airports are the true gateway to a land rich in cultural heritage and promising commercial opportunities. I look forward to contributing to consolidating the position of Abu Dhabi International Airport as one of the best airports in the world, which meets the highest levels of Quality standards for our passengers.

Sorlini has more than 20 years of experience in the aviation sector.

Before joining Abu Dhabi Airports, she held several senior management positions, including Executive Director of the Transport and Logistics Portfolio at ADQ, Vice President of Group Corporate Strategy at Oman Aviation Group, and Director of Strategy at Copenhagen Airports.

Prior to that, she served as Vice President at Macquarie Airports, one of the world's largest private airport owners and operators.

She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Etihad Airways, Abu Dhabi Aviation, and ADQ Aviation and Space Services Holding Company.