Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
Name: Laurent Magnin Title: Chief executive officer Company, city: XL Airways; Paris, France Number of employees: 800 Recent project: Expanding service to the United States is our goal; in the last three years, we’ve launched service to San Francisco and Miami. We are also focused on opening service to additional cities in France. First job: I left school at 15; my father was in the airline business, and he put me to work. I started with Corsair and was there for 25 years. Little-known fact about you: I am crazy about trains. I also own 10,000 records; I love rock music.