Last updated: 10:12 AM ET, Mon July 18 2016

FAA Cancels All Turkey Flights Following Coup Attempt

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 18, 2016

FAA Cancels All Turkey Flights Following Coup Attempt

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On Saturday, the United States Federal Aviation Administration announced that it will prohibit all airlines from flying from Turkey to the U.S. as a result of the failed coup attempt over the weekend.

According to, the FAA also informed commercial and private aircraft that they will be banned from flying to Turkey. The decision was made after nearly 3,000 suspects were rounded up due to their role in the violence that surrounded an attempted military coup.

“The FAA is monitoring the situation in Turkey in coordination with our partners in the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security and will update the restrictions as the situation evolves,” FAA officials said in a statement.

The attempted coup began Friday night and caused closures at major airports in Ataturk and Ankara. In addition, several major roads were closed as the Turkish military blocked the opposition from taking over the government.


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