Mr. Keith Hunter joined Qatar Airways in October 2008 as the Senior Vice President of their Duty Free business at the Doha International Airport. Keith is also responsible for the on-board Duty Free business of Qatar Airways, one of the fastest growing airlines and operating one of the youngest fleets in the world.
Currently with a fleet of over 130 aircrafts in operation and over 250 aircraft on the order books totaling more than US$50 billion, Qatar Airways flies to over 130 destinations worldwide and has been awarded the Five Star rating for six years in succession. It has also been ranked the “Best Airline in the world” in 2012 and 2011 by SKYTRAX. The award winning Qatar Duty Free, is a subsidiary company of Qatar Airways and operates in Hamad International Airport and the Doha Sea Port. With just approximately 25,000 sq. m. of Retail space allocated to its operations, Qatar Duty Free is currently ranked 25th largest in the world and second largest in the region.
Keith is also heading the newly created Food & Beverage division of Qatar Duty Free, operational at Hamad International Airport. The state of the art greenfield airport, a US$ 17.5 Billion project includes a total of 80 contact gates, including and 40,000 square meters devoted to retail and retail catering.
Prior to joining Qatar Airways in 2008, Keith was the retail consultant for Bourne Leisure Group, parent company of Warner Leisure Hotels, Bullins and Haven Caravan Parks, in the UK. Keith specifically focused on retail opportunities within their 12 Warner Leisure Hotels and retail synergies between the 3 companies, including centralized purchasing.
Keith started his Airport Retail career in 2002, when he joined Alpha Airports group as the Regional Manager.