More than 110 int'l flights from, to Istanbul cancelled

14:26, April 18, 2010      

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More than 110 international flights from and to Istanbul were cancelled on Saturday due to volcanic activity in Iceland.

Altug Artan, terminal operations expert at Ataturk Airport told Xinhua that "so far 52 departures and 61 arrivals have been cancelled today."

"Mostly Turkish Airlines, together with airlines such as British Airlines, Lufthansa, Al Italia, have also been cancelled. Bosnia-Herzegovina was the most recent to cancel," he added.

The number of people stranded at the terminal diminished since Friday. There are only about 150-200 people left, mostly tourists, he said.

He said that Turkish airlines was placing its passengers in a hotel, and other airline are providing similar services for their passengers.

Artan said it was not possible to comment on whether the dust will clear up soon, saying "If conditions continue, it will clear up soon. It depends on the wind conditions."

On Friday, 115 flights to northern Europe were cancelled from Turkey's main international airport due to volcanic activity in Iceland.

Many countries in northern Europe have closed their airspaces due to ash cover released from a volcanic eruption in Iceland on Wednesday.

Source: Xinhua


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