Lokesh Amaranayaka was appointed as Hawaiian Airlines' vice president of airport operations in April 2023.
Amaranayaka oversees all passenger, ramp and contract service operations at airports across Hawaiian’s global network. He is responsible for safety, performance and reliability, including on-time arrivals and departures, baggage handling and guest service and satisfaction.
Amaranayaka joined Hawaiian after a 24-year career at American Airlines, where he started as a reservations agent and held numerous airport roles before leading the carrier’s operations at Los Angeles International Airport. During his tenure, he also managed front-line operations at American’s Dallas headquarters and major airports, including John F. Kennedy International Airport, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and Miami International Airport.
Amaranayaka is a McKinsey & Company’s Black Executive Leadership Program graduate and an alumnus of the Management Leadership for Tomorrow Career Advancement Program.