Delta to Discontinue Service to Istanbul Amidst Terror Attack Concerns
Delta Air Lines announced that it will discontinue its service between New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Istanbul, Turkey next month.
The move followed a warning issued by the U.S. State Department late last month regarding increased threats from terrorist groups in Turkey, and advising citizens against travel in Southeast Turkey.
Although Istanbul, Turkey’s largest city, is located in the northwestern part of the country, it is an important gateway for travel from foreigners to other parts of the country.
Delta cited a weaker demand for travel to that market, as well as the State Department’s travel warning, as reasons for discontinuing its service.
The agency’s warning said that “foreign and U.S. tourists have been explicitly targeted by international and indigenous terrorist organizations,”, and the State Department itself has restricted official travel to Turkey to “mission-critical” travel only.
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