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Kazakhstan resumes air traffic with Turkey

July 16, 2016, 17:35 UTC+3 ASTANA
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ASTANA, July 16. /TASS/. Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Investment and Development has decided to resume flights to Turkish cities of Antalya and Istanbul.

On order of Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Karim Massimov, "consultations and talks were held with Turkish aviation authorities, as well as air carriers and tour operators of the two countries," the ministry said adding that the decision to resume air traffic with Turkey was made after this.

The ministry, which oversees Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Committee, said that most Kazakhstani tourists are vacationing in Antalya. "Tours of our citizens end daily for the next seven days starting from today. Around 1,000 people are planned to leave their hotels and fly (to Kazakhstan) today. However, tour operators are ready to pay for extending their stay," the ministry noted.

Kazakhstan’s Civil Aviation Committee said earlier today that 13 flights to Turkey have been delayed today following a failed coup attempt. Around 2,300 people are still expecting their flights. According to verified information, over 2,700 Kazakhstani tourists are currently in Turkey.

A group of insurgents attempted a coup in Turkey overnight to Saturday. Bombs were dropped on the parliament building and the presidential palace in Ankara. According to Turkey’s prime minister, 161 people died and 1,440 more were injured, not including participants in the coup attempt.

Turkish authorities said that 2,839 military were detained after the coup attempt.

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