Last updated: 10:07 AM ET, Tue July 19 2016

FAA Lifts Ban on Turkish Flights

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | July 19, 2016

FAA Lifts Ban on Turkish Flights

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After banning all flights to and from Turkey following a coup attempt, the United States Federal Aviation Administration is once again allowing Turkish Airlines and other carriers to resume service to America.

According to The Associated Press, the FAA has lifted the ban and will allow airlines in Turkey to resume flights to nine U.S. cities. On Friday, the FAA began prohibiting flights to and from Turkey as a result of reports stemming from the civil unrest in the country.

On Saturday, all flights between the U.S. and airports in Ankara and Istanbul were banned, including flights to America by non-U.S. carriers via third countries. As a result, United Airlines offered customers a fee waiver program for those traveling to or from affected locations between July 15 and July 22.

In addition, U.S. officials in Turkey were warned not to use the airport in Istanbul despite Turkish Airlines resuming usual operations through Ataturk Airport on Saturday.

Several carriers in the U.S., including Delta Air Lines, had already cut flights to Turkey due to the civil unrest and terror-related attacks.

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