Rohit Ramachandran is credited with turning around Jazeera Airways, and putting it on the path to profitable growth. In addition, he played a pivotal role in putting Air Arabia on the map in Europe & North Africa, as well as the Indian Subcontinent.
With over twenty years of Aviation experience, Rohit has worked with four major Airlines on three continents, and showcases an entrepreneurial spirit that belies his age of 44 years.
Rohit’s last 2 years have been with Jazeera Airways – as Chief Executive Officer – where he led an ambitious program of restructuring the company, dramatically reducing the cost structure, renegotiating major costs (including aircraft leases), network expansion, fleet renewal, significant increases in seat factor & yield, while maintaining a close focus on P&L. Under his leadership, the airline posted a net profit in excess of USD 25 Million for a 7 aircraft operation. The airline will practically double its fleet to 13 aircraft by end of the year.
The previous twelve years were with Air Arabia (the Middle East’s first & largest Low Cost Airline) where he was a member of the start-up team. Starting as an analyst in Air Arabia’s Commercial division, Rohit rose through the ranks serving as General Manager – India, Regional General Manager – South Asia, Head of Marketing, Head of Business Development, and Chief Operating Officer of the first Air Arabia subsidiary airline – Air Arabia Maroc. Since 2012, he has led the commercial team of the Group, and is responsible for revenues of USD 1.4 Billion.
Rohit is in the unique position of having rich domain knowledge in full-service conventional airlines, as well as hybrid & low-cost carriers. Rohit has also held several non-executive Board Memberships. He has augmented his rich experience in developing new & emerging markets and channels of distribution by earning his MBA in International Marketing from the University of Leicester UK, Change Management from IMD Switzerland, and Aviation Law from Cranfield University UK.