HAWAIIAN Airlines regional director Australia and NZ Gai Tyrrell has resigned, telling industry partners she had accepted “an exciting new challenge to again drive change in our highly competitive industry”.
Tyrrell has led Hawaiian Airlines locally for the last four years and said her role was “essentially to restructure, transition and develop the Australian and NZ sales businesses as appropriate to the airline’s strategic expansion of operations here”.
Tyrrell said that thanks to the teams she put in place, as well as the support of the industry, “Hawaiian now enjoys stronger demand, new sales & distribution relationships and much greater profile for the airline’s expanded services from Sydney, Brisbane & Auckland to Honolulu”.
Tyrrell said she had “absolute confidence” in the ability of her staff to take the business forward.
Hawaiian Airlines sales director Australia and partnerships and promos manager Australia and New Zealand Karen Macmillan becomes interim leader of Hawaiian’s Australian team and Russell Williss will continue as NZ country director, both reporting to Theo Panagiotoulias, vp global sales and alliances.