MIAMI — Turkish Airlines has announced the resumption of services to the United States after the military coup attempt occurred in Turkey last Saturday.
Following the events, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a ban of “all airline carriers, regardless of country of registry, are prohibited from flying into the United States from Turkey either directly or via third country.”
Turkish Airlines is the sole carrier providing direct flights between Turkey and the United States, with services from its hub in Istanbul Atatürk Airport to nine cities in the U.S. — Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Atlanta, Chicago, New York, Boston, Miami and Washington, D.C.
The restrictions were lifted yesterday at 13:45 EDT (17:45 GMT). Accordingly, all scheduled Turkish Airlines flights to the U.S. were set to resume today, with Turkish Airlines flight number 3 Istanbul-New York JFK, which departed at 07:05 local Istanbul time, 20 minutes behind its normal schedule.
The attempted coup followed a suicide attack in June that killed 45 people at Istanbul Atatürk Airport, which is Turkey’s largest airport and a major transport hub for international travelers.