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