Flights axed in Turkey windstorm

20 April 2012 08:46

A Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 plane lands at Heathrow Airport, Middlesex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 20th 2009. Photo Credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 plane lands at Heathrow Airport, Middlesex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Monday July 20th 2009. Photo Credit should read: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

A storm blowing from the south west in Istanbul has forced Turkish Airlines (THY) to cancel 42 domestic and international flights.

Heavy wind storm, which began on Wednesday and is expected to continue until noon today, has resulted in numerous delays at the Ataturk International Airport.

Flights to Lefkosa, Nice, Bologna, Moscow, Tel Aviv, and Sanaa have been cancelled, as have those to Mosul, Ankara, Adana, Kayseri, Samsun, Gaziantep, Antalya, Izmir, Trabzon, Van and Erzurum.

According to Reuters, winds kicked up a dust storm in the capital Ankara, while a motorcyclist was reported killed in the Aegean province of Denizli.

Frustrated passengers will at least be able to sigh a breath of relief if they are covered by comprehensive travel insurance.

The airline has asked its passengers to confirm the departure of flights by calling "444 0 849" or by looking at its website.

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