Air­port hit by tur­bu­lence as top exec quits Two bosses leave base within a fort­night

Ayrshire Post - - NEWS - Stu­art Wil­son

Bosses at Prest­wick Air­port have been plunged into cri­sis after los­ing their sec­ond chief ex­ec­u­tive in as many weeks.

Mike Ste­wart, the com­pany’s busi­ness de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor, has quit cit­ing ill health.

It comes just a fort­night after chief ex­ec­u­tive Ron Smith was re­placed by “mu­tual con­sent”.

The tax­payer- owned hub, bought by the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment for £ 1, is be­ing bailed out with more than £ 9 mil­lion in loans this year.

And both high- pro­file de­par­tures have sparked con­cerns of tur­bu­lence at the top as the air­port bids to re­turn to prof­itabil­ity.

One Prest­wick source said: “Hav­ing to put up with con­stant change at the top tells its own story.

“If the air­port is to have any longterm chance it needs sta­bil­ity and surely that starts at the top.

“To lose one top name is bad enough but hav­ing both go in such a short space of time sends out all the wrong mes­sages.”

For­mer Lo­ganair boss Ste­wart Adams has been in­stalled as in­terim chief exeuc­tive in an at­tempt to steady the ship.

It’s un­der­stood a re­view of the air­port’s man­age­ment struc­ture will take place un­der his guid­ance.

An air­port spokesman said: “Mike Ste­wart, busi­ness de­vel­op­ment di­rec­tor, has de­cided to re­sign on med­i­cal grounds. He left the busi­ness at the end of last month.”

De­par­ture gate Ron Smith, left, and Mike Ste­wart

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