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Turkish Airlines carrier returning to operations in routine mode

July 16, 17:50 UTC+3 ANKARA
Turkish Airlines earlier said on its official website that over 900 flights on July 16 were cancelled, including those to Russia
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ANKARA, July 16. /TASS/. Turkish Airlines air carrier resumes operations in the routing mode but warns about possible flight delays.

"Upon the call of our President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdogan our operations at Istanbul Ataturk Airport is now back to normal and flights have begun," the carrier said in statement published on its official website on Saturday.

Turkish Airlines earlier said on its official website that over 900 flights on July 16 were cancelled, including those to Russia.

Last night Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said that air space over the country was closed because of an attempted military coup. Anadolu Agency reported earlier today that ban on flights is expected to be lifted by the end of the day.

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. The country’s leadership later said that the coup was quashed. Yildirim said that the situation is under the control of the official government.

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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