Air Niugini chief executive Peter Roberts abruptly resigned on 17 June and the carrier is now searching for a replacement. The Papua New Guinean flag carrier has gone through frequent leadership changes in recent years. Roberts, an Australian national, was appointed in the second half of 2000. He is a former head of Air Vanuatu who has also worked at Qantas Airways and several other airlines in the Asia-Pacific.

Ryanair's sales and marketing director Tim Jeans has left to head a new low-cost airline - set to start operations in the autumn with two Airbus A320s - being set up by UK tour company MyTravel Group.

State-owned Air Malta is stepping up its bid to attract a high-calibre international executive to the newly created post of chief executive. The carrier, which received more than 70 applications for the post, says the appointment should be announced soon.

Source: Airline Business