The resignation took effect on yesterday (Nov 1), the national carrier said in a brief statement to the Stock Exchange of Thailand last night after the market closed. Air Chief Marshal Chaiyapruk Didyasarin, currently vice-chairman, will serve as acting chairman.
THAI gave no reason for Mr Ekniti’s departure, which came after three of the airline’s executive directors recently quit. President Sumeth Damrongchaitham recently drew criticism for saying the company was in crisis and might have to close if its employees do not cooperate with a rehabilitation plan.
Mr Sumeth said later that his remarks had been “misinterpreted” and the airline was not at risk of shutting down.
THAI reported a net loss of nearly B6.7 billion in the second quarter of this year. It has not yet reported its third-quarter results.
The carrier said a slowdown in tourism in Thailand and in the global aviation market were factors behind a 10% decline in revenue from a year earlier.
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has been pushing for directors at the 15 state enterprises under the ministry to resign ever since he was appointed to the cabinet in June.
They should “show their spirit” by stepping aside since they were appointed by politicians of the past, he has said.
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