Sunday, July 17, 2016 9:45 AM MESOP – The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has banned all planes taking off from Turkey to the United States.
The FAA announcement prohibits “all airline carriers, regardless of country of registry, from flying into the United States from Turkey either directly or via third countries.” The announcement in full by the US Embassy Ankara is as follows:
“U.S. Embassy Ankara informs U.S. citizens that routes to Istanbul’s Ataturk airport are open; however, we are still hearing reports of sporadic gunfire. Security at Ataturk airport is significantly diminished and U.S. government employees have been instructed not to attempt to travel to and from Ataturk airport. Per the Federal Aviation Administration’s notice to airmen (NOTAM) dated July 15, 2016, U.S. airline carriers are prohibited from flying to or from Istanbul and Ankara airports. All airline carriers, regardless of country of registry, are prohibited from flying into the United States from Turkey either directly or via third country.”
No information was given on when the ban will be lifted. www.mesop.de