Turkish Airlines cancels 196 flights in Istanbul

2016-07-17 14:45
Turkish Airlines Airbus. (File, AP)

Turkish Airlines Airbus. (File, AP)

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Istanbul - Turkish Airlines has said it has canceled 196 domestic and international flights in and out of Istanbul due to disruptions in air traffic brought on by Friday night's attempted coup.

The cancellations will affect flights on Sunday and Monday.

Regular operations had resumed on Saturday, but a backlog of flights congested traffic at Istanbul's main Ataturk International Airport.

The US Federal Aviation Administration had suspended all U.S. airline carriers from flying to or from Istanbul and Ankara Airports. All airline carriers, regardless of country, are also prohibited from flying into the U.S. from Turkey either directly or via a third country.

Turkey's president meanwhile spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin following the failed military coup attempt.

A statement from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's office said Putin said Moscow stood by "Turkey's elected government" and expressed his good wishes to the Turkish people.

It said the two leaders — who recently patched up relations following Turkey's downing of a Russian warplane — also agreed to meet face-to-face next month.

Read more on:    turkish airlines  |  turkey  |  security
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