Candan Karlitekin, the chief executive officer of the Turkish Airlines, has resigned, a statement from the air carrier said Thursday. "I have resigned from all my administrative and executive posts as of January 1, 2010 in the Turkish Airlines and its affiliates," Karlitekin said.

Karlitekin has held the top post in Turkey's biggest airlines company since 2002.

It was not immediately clear who would fill in for Karlitekin as chief executive or why he quit.