Turkish Airlines halts flights due to snowstorm
January 09 2017 05:56 PM
Istanbul
A Turkish Airlines plane is covered by frost and snow during snowfall on Monday at Ataturk international airport in Istanbul.

Reuters/Istanbul

Turkish Airlines has halted all flights from Istanbul's Ataturk airport, its main hub, until 6 pm on Monday as heavy snow fall hit the city for a third full day, its chief executive said on Twitter.
"Due to excessive snow fall and low visibility conditions, we have halted our flights until 6 pm local time at Ataturk airport," Bilal Eksi wrote on his Twitter account.
Subsequently he said that all domestic flights in and out of Ataturk airport, the third busiest in Europe, had been cancelled until midnight due to the adverse weather.
The snowstorm, which swept in on Friday night, forced the closure of the key Bosphorus shipping strait and led to sweeping flight cancellations, while hazardous roads left many drivers stranded in Istanbul, a city of 15mn people.



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