Former Turkish Airlines chairman Ilker Ayci has turned down the chief executive role at Air India, two weeks after the airline’s new owners Tata Sons announced his appointment.

Multiple reports in the Indian media quote a statement from Ayci in which he cites ”attempts to colour my appointment with undesirable colours” in some parts of the local media since his appointment was first announced.

Ilker Ayci

Source: Tata Sons

Ilker Ayci stepped down from Turkish Airlines in January, having served as chairman since 2015

A Tata spokesperson confirms Ayci’s decision to turn down the role.

Tata formalised its ownership of the Indian flag carrier on 27 January, having last year won the bidding in the privatisation of the loss-making carrier.