18 JULY 2016
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Air services to and from the UK and Turkey edged back towards normality yesterday in the aftermath of Friday’s failed coup, though would-be passengers were still being urged to check with their airlines before attempting to travel.
The focus of concern was Istanbul Ataturk Airport, with Ankara’s Esenboğa International Airport apparently relatively unaffected. It ranks only fourth in Turkey for total passenger traffic and third for domestic passenger traffic.
No airlines fly direct from the UK to Ankara. Those that do serve the airport include Turkish Airlines, Lufthansa, Qatar Arways, Pegasus and Germanwings.
Turkish Airlines said on Saturday afternoon it had resumed all scheduled flights and services at Istanbul but added passengers could change their reservations free if they wished.
As of yesterday, British Airways flights to and from the country remained cancelled. Customers affected were offered rebookings or refunds, while those booked for yesterday or today could rebook at no cost, subject to availability, the airline said.
BA said it was keeping flights to Turkey under review and referred passengers to its website for latest flight details.
EasyJet, which flies from the UK to Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Ismir, said it was not expecting any changes to schedules but the situation would be kept under continuous review.
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