Hard job for new Turkish Airlines boss

Temel Kotil resigned with immediate effect on Friday
The new chief executive of Turkish Airlines will be taking over at a tough time. With Temel Kotil resigning with immediate effect on Friday, the new boss is the head of Turkey’s civil aviation authority, Bilal Eksi.
Kotil, an aeronautical engineer who headed the airline since 2005, quit after agreeing to take on a new role as head of Turkish Aerospace Industries.
“I have taken the decision to leave Turkish Airlines as I have been offered a new post related to aerospace and space technologies,” he told the state-run Anadolu news agency.
Eksi, an engineer who held top positions at the airline until 2011, faces problems such as a weak lira, stiff competition and falling tourism and travel figures.
The partly state-owned carrier was until recently one of the world’s fastest-growing airlines, but it reported a loss of 1.9 billion lira (€567 million) in the first half of this year.
Hurriyet Daily News / Reuters