Wednesday 22 November 2017

Flights resume at Ataturk airport after forced closure

A man waves a Turkish flag in front of Ataturk Airport during an attempted coup in Istanbul. Turkish Airlines have since resumed flights from the airport. REUTERS/IHLAS News Agency
A man waves a Turkish flag in front of Ataturk Airport during an attempted coup in Istanbul. Turkish Airlines have since resumed flights from the airport. REUTERS/IHLAS News Agency

Turkish Airlines resumed flights from Istanbul's international airport yesterday following a failed coup attempt while some foreign carriers cancelled weekend flights.

The closure of Istanbul's Ataturk Airport last Friday caused the diversion of 35 airplanes and resulted in 32 cancelled flights. A spokesman for Turkish Airlines said normal schedules had now resumed, though delays were to be expected. BA said it was halting all flights to Turkey yesterday and one today as a precaution.

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Turkey's state-run news agency says authorities have detained 10 members of Turkey's highest administrative court as the government appeared to press ahead with a purge of judiciary officials with alleged links to Fethullah Gulen.

Arrest warrants were issued for 48 administrative court members and 140 members of Turkey's appeals court.

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Five warships which reportedly set sail during the attempted coup have returned to their military port in northwest Turkey. The five frigates and one corvette arrived at the military naval installation at Golcuk yesterday. The report said it was not clear whether Navy Fleet Commander Admiral Veysel Kosele, whose whereabouts were not known, was aboard one of the ships.

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The Greek government says a Turkish Blackhawk helicopter will be returned to Turkey "as soon as possible" but it will examine the asylum demand made by eight military personnel who were arrested after landing yesterday.

A spokeswoman said: "The government is in contact with the Turkish authorities for...the return of the military helicopter as soon as possible."

As for the eight military passengers, "we will follow the procedures of international law". Greek police say that the eight arrested Turks include two majors, four captains and two sergeants first class.

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