Flights suspended after Istanbul airport IS raid
Bookings were refunded or changed, Turkish Airlines said
REUTERS/ Turkish Airlines suspended its flights until 8am yesterday, the company said in a statement, after suspected Islamic State bombers killed 41 people at Istanbul airport late on Tuesday.
The flag carrier said in another statement any bookings on flights to or from Istanbul Ataturk airport between June 28 and July 5 would be changed or refunded without any cost, provided the passenger requests this by July 31. One Ukrainian and one Iranian citizen were among the 41 killed by three suicide bombers in an attack at Istanbul’s main international airport, officials from the two countries said.
Around 239 people were wounded in the attack and Saudi media reported that among those hurt were seven Saudis, who were in good condition. Iran said it suspended all flights to Istanbul’s main international airport after it was attacked. All three suicide bombers opened fire before blowing themselves up, according to initial findings, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said. Yildirim also told re- porters at the airport there were likely to be foreigners among the 41 killed.
The White House condemned “in the strongest possible terms” the attack on the Istanbul airport and said the United States remains steadfast in its support for Turkey. US Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said the attack on an Istanbul airport is a reminder the US “cannot retreat”.
“Today’s attack in Istanbul strengthens our resolve to defeat the forces of terrorism and radical jihadism,” she said.
People walk away from Istanbul Ataturk airport, Turkey, on Tuesday/