Ataturk Airport in Istanbul becomes operational hours after terror attack
Hours after the deadly attack left 41 killed and 239 injured, Istanbul’sAtaturk Airport reopened and many international services were partially resumed, sources said.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım announced at a press briefing on June 29 that the airport re-opened for departures and arrivals as of 2:20 a.m. (local time) and air traffic has returned to normal.
Many airlines officially informed its customers to follow update on fight services.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States officially lifted the ban on the flights to and from the United States and Istanbul Ataturk Airport , soon after the airport became operational.
Doğan News Agency (DHA) quoted Turkish Airlines’ officials saying that flights began service after 5 a.m. (local time) and that flights from Taipei, Manila and Seoul were the first to land at the airport.
Earlier, some 387 flights were cancelled following the terrorist attack at the Istanbul Ataturk Airport on Wednesday. There were multiple international flights among those cancelled, Turkish News Agency Cihan reported.
According to the sources, travelers including many foreigners are still stuck in the airport since many flights cancelled its services due to the fatal suicide and gun attacks.
Meanwhile, the Turkish Airlines has come forward with a solace to its travelers by allowing to make changes in their travel plans in all flights to or from Istanbul, between June 28 and July 5.
“Refunds will be made free of charge for all tickets where travel has not been completed or has been partially completed. The validity of the tickets will be extended until July 31 without additional pay or fines,” an official statement said.
According to the recent updates, Turkish and Saudi Arabian citizens are mainly among those killed in the terrorist attack.
Some 27 victims have been already identified, sources said.