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Air New Zealand appoints new Area Manager UK and Europe

Author: Theodore Koumelis / Date: Mon, 02/17/2020 - 02:05

October 2020 marks the start of a new era for Air New Zealand as the carrier closes its London route.

Air New Zealand has appointed Jorge Flores-Garcia as Area Manager UK and Europe, to take effect from April 2020. 

Flores-Garcia, who has been with the airline since 2015, succeeds Jo Copestake, General Manager UK and Europe. Copestake takes on the role of Regional General Manager NZ Distribution & Corporate, based in New Zealand. 

Flores-Garcia is currently Manager Sales UK and Europe, where he has showcased outstanding leadership, a passion for people and a determination to drive revenue through delivering strategic initiatives. 

Flores-Garcia has an excellent knowledge of the complex sales markets across Europe, strong relationships with the airline’s key partners, as well as a focus on building high performing teams.  

October 2020 marks the start of a new era for Air New Zealand as the carrier closes its London route. Flores-Garcia says he’s looking forward to leading the team as they focus on their gateway strategy.

“I’m delighted to be taking on the role of Area Manager UK and Europe at Air New Zealand. I’m excited to be leading a team of hugely talented individuals in a significant sales region. 

Our focus will be on driving the gateway strategy alongside our partner airlines to continue to drive traffic to New Zealand. With 14 gateways – via the east and west – we offer more ways to New Zealand than ever before.”

From October 2020, passengers wanting to travel to New Zealand can fly via Asia or the Americas on a partner airline before connecting onto an Air New Zealand service into Auckland.


Theodore Koumelis

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Theodore is the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of TravelDailyNews Media Network; his responsibilities include business development and planning for TravelDailyNews long-term opportunities.