April 16 - Just seven months after he joined Coyne Airways as managing director, John Batten is leaving the airline with immediate effect and Liana Coyne has been named as its chief operating officer.

The airline has advised that Coyne, who has been director at Coyne Airways since 2010, will head up five new market-focused divisions, including Iraq, the Caspian and Central Asia, Afghanistan, Africa, and contract logistics, each with a dedicated manager.

Coyne Airways believes that the new structure will underpin its focus on customer service and will strengthen the carrier as it pursues new route options using dedicated lift.