Air Canada has appointed Robert Alan (Al) Read as vice-president, Airports – North America.
Prior to this appointment, Read was vice-president, Operations, at Air Canada Rouge.
In his new role, Read has overall responsibility for the strategic direction and leadership of Air Canada’s airport operational reliability and customer service delivered across the continent. He also has oversight of Air Canada’s Concierge program that offers priority and premium ground services to the airline’s most frequent customers at more than 40 airports worldwide.
Read began his career at Air Canada in 1979 on the front line as a ramp Station Attendant at Toronto-Pearson. He has held progressively senior management positions across various branches in customer sales and service, resource planning, cargo operations and system operations control. In 2012, as vice-president, Operations, at Air Canada Rouge, he was responsible for operational aspects of the leisure carrier’s start-up and since 2015 overall management responsibility for Air Canada Rouge.