Turkey's TAV says its operated airports currently open to flights

The company said that Istanbul Ataturk, Ankara Esenboga, Izmir Adnan Menderes and Antalya Gazipasa airports were currently open to flights.

Turkey's TAV says its operated airports currently open to flights

Turkish airport construction and management corporation Tepe-Akfen-Vie Airports Holding (TAV) said Tuesday that a total of 600 international flights had been cancelled at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport between April 15-18 due to the volcanic ash cloud caused by the recent eruption of an Icelandic volcano.

Commenting on the effects of the natural disaster that has paralyzed air traffic over Europe, TAV said 1,350 international flights could be conducted from Ataturk Airport during the said period.

TAV said air spaces of many European countries were currently closed, adding some states, including Germany, were getting prepared to open their air spaces to traffic soon.

Pointing to a recent statement by the General Directorate of State Airports Authority of Turkey (DHMI), TAV said there was no necessity to close down the Turkish air space at the moment.

The company also said that Istanbul Ataturk, Ankara Esenboga, Izmir Adnan Menderes and Antalya Gazipasa airports, all operated by TAV, as well as the company's airports in Georgia, Macedonia and Tunisia were currently open to flights.

A volcano under the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland erupted last Wednesday, for the second time in less than a month, melting ice and shooting smoke into the air and forcing hundreds of people to leave their homes.

After the eruption, the resulting ash plume halted air traffic over much of Europe.


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