Flights from Kosice to Turkey Not Affected by Attempted Coup

Kosice Airport (photo by TASR)

Kosice, July 19 (TASR) – The flight schedule at Kosice Airport won’t be altered in view of the situation in Turkey, Kosice Airport spokesperson Juraj Toth told TASR on Tuesday.

A violent, chaotic night on Friday-Saturday saw an army faction in Turkey attempting to stage a coup. Turkish Government representatives announced in the morning that the coup had failed. According to official information, more than 6,000 people were arrested, including some 3,000 members of the Turkish military, while at least 290 people lost their lives and more than 1,400 were injured.

“No flights have been cancelled, nor has the schedule been changed. Two charter flights left for the Antalya region on Saturday. A regular Turkish Airlines flight arrived from Istanbul today [Tuesday] and subsequently departed for Istanbul at 10:05 a.m.,” stated Toth. Turkish Airlines flies between Bratislava and Istanbul three times per week.

The Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry has advised people to reconsider travelling to certain Turkish cities and provinces – Adana, Hatay, Kilis, Gaziantep, Sanliurfa, Mardin, Diyarbakir, Sirnak, Tunceli, Hakkari, Siirt, Kars, Agri and Van – as well the Turkish-Syrian and Turkish-Iraqi borders. The ministry further recommends avoiding Ankara and Istanbul. “Airports in Ankara and Istanbul are fully operational, but you need to count on certain restrictions or delays,” stated the ministry.

The ministry also recommended that Slovaks who are staying in Turkey at the moment should remain calm, stay in their accommodation facilities and not join public rallies or street events, especially in Ankara and Istanbul. According to the ministry, Slovaks should limit their movements around the country and strictly observe instructions issued by local security forces.

The Slovak Embassy in Ankara and the Slovak Consulate General in Istanbul are monitoring the situation in the country. They recommend that Slovaks should make use of the voluntary e-registration service if they travel to Turkey.