Turkey says takes steps to help citizens over air crisis

Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and foreign missions have taken action to help Turkish citizens who were affected by recent air travel restrictions.

Turkey says takes steps to help citizens over air crisis

Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and foreign missions have taken action to help Turkish citizens who were affected by recent air travel restrictions because of a huge ash cloud from an Icelandic volcano.

The ministry said that flights were cancelled in a number of airports in Europe after huge ash clouds from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano closed air space.

"Our citizens who traveled to European countries before the eruption of the volcano have faced difficulties. Our Ministry in Ankara and diplomatic missions in European countries have launched a series of initiatives to help our citizens," it said.

The ministry said, "it seems that the recent uncertainty will continue for a while because of changing volcanic activity and meteorological conditions. We advised our citizens in European countries to return home by land or sea ways. Some of our citizens faced difficulties since their visa expired or they needed transit visa to return Turkey. We have taken action to resolve those problems. Also, the Turkish Airlines (THY) increased number of flights to some south European countries to help Turkish citizens."

Meanwhile, the General Directorate of State Airports Authority of Turkey (DHMI) said that none of the airports in Turkey were closed because of the ash clouds.

The directorate said that they enforced no-fly rulings for flights at altitudes between 20-35 thousand feet in northern part of Turkey.

"We have maintained the air traffic by changing altitudes and routes. There is no cancellation of flights," the directorate added.


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