Chapman Freeborn, a global air charter specialist and part of Avia Solutions Group, has appointed Nigel Parkinson, a travel expert with 25 years’ experience in the travel industry, as its new chief commercial officer – Passenger Charter Solutions.
Parkinson joins the business following 13 years at ALTOUR, one of the largest travel management companies globally. He held the position of senior vice president – global sales and account management, covering all sectors; corporate travel, finance, media and entertainment, MICE, private jet and music and film. He also undertook a number of acquisitions in this time as well sourcing independent contractors and global consolidations.
Starting his career at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, Nigel quickly realised that the travel industry was where he wanted to be, progressing to more senior roles in global corporates. This included several years living in Hong Kong, working in the Far East, Asia and Australian markets, and more recently a heavy focus on the US market.
This wealth of experience prepares Nigel well for his new role at Chapman Freeborn, based at the Gatwick London Headquarters.
Nigel Parkinson said, “I am in a privileged position coming into this role, as Chapman Freeborn is already a successful solid business. It has great people and a good solid foundation. I am looking forward to working with these great people so we can develop and further grow the business.
“Covid has had a massive impact to passenger charters and travel across the entire industry – there is no denying that. Despite this, the Chapman Freeborn passenger business is working and fixtures are still being made, but there is a lot of room for growth. In some respects, when there is a quieter period it gives us the opportunity to reflect and plan for the recovery, so we will be ahead of the game, in a good place with a polished and defined value proposition to launch, when the time is right.”
Eric Erbacher, Chapman Freeborn CEO said, “Nigel is an experienced travel expert with a successful career history to date. We are delighted to welcome him to Chapman Freeborn. His knowledge and expertise will no doubt drive passenger charter solutions to the next level. I wish him every success in this new role.”