Istanbul Airport reopens following terror attack
Passengers enter the Ataturk airport International arrival terminal a day after a suicide bombing and gun attack targeted Istanbul's airport, killing at least 36 people. (AFP/Ozan Kose)
Operations at Istanbul's Ataturk International Airport has resumed, just hours after a deadly terror attack, according to Turkey’s prime minister.
Binali Yildirim told reporters that the airport had been opened for incoming and outgoing flights as of 02.20 a.m. Wednesday (0020 GMT).
Three scheduled flights of Turkish Airlines, the country’s flagship carrier, landed after 04.00 a.m.
Some travelers landing at the airport, one of Europe’s busiest, were kept inside aircraft in the immediate aftermath of the attack that killed 36 victims and injured nearly 150 others late Tuesday night.
Passengers were allowed off the planes after the facilities were reopened.
Airport authorities said passengers departing from the airport would be allowed inside terminals after 5.00 a.m.
Intensive efforts are underway to remove debris and replace damaged equipment.
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