Michael Nicolaas, which will be a familiar name to many in the Latin American aviation market, is at Network 2010 in Ft Lauderdale for the first time in his new role as the director of corporate business development at Aerodom, the Dominican Republic airport operator.
The former KLM executive (seen to the left with a map of the Dominican Republic) had been part of Aerodom for 10 years following the privatisation process of the airports there several years ago. He has also run the Puerto Plata airport, been chief commercial officer at Peru's Lima airport and looked after air service development at Colombia's Bogota airport.
Now at Aerodom, where he takes over the role vacated by Ken Hassard, who has moved across to Hermes Airports in Cyprus, Nicolaas said his priority is to ensure Aerodom retains the service it has worked so hard to bring to the country and to develop airport destinations on the north coast of the Dominican Republic.
This means attracting new service to Puerto Plata, mainly from the US and Europe, and developing the Samana airport.
This little known area of the country, served today by European and Canadian leisure operators, is promoted as an eco-tourism destination.