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Published on : Thursday, June 30, 2016
The ghastly attack at Turkey’s Ataturk airport, the third busiest airport in Europe left 42 dead and 239 majorly injured. The bombers detonated explosive vests in the arrivals hall and had been trying to pass through X-ray machines when they were stopped by Turkish security officials. The three people then began shooting with AK-47 rifles following which the officers returned fire.
Already limping tourism industry of Turkey thus faced a fresh grievous blow which was possibly targeted at the tourists.
Head of French travel agencies association Entreprises du Voyage, Jean-Pierre Mas, showed concern and said that this is a very bad news for tourism, specially for the air travellers.
The suicide bombings at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport – which also left hundreds wounded – came just days after Kurdish separatists issued a warning to travellers against visiting the country.
ABTA (Association of British Travel Agents) issued in a statement that following this attack, travellers in Istanbul should follow the advice of the local authorities and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office. They should also remain vigilant in crowded places.
In the midst of a terrorism crisis which garbs Turkey, concerning both the Islamic State and Kurdish militants, the tourism industry is definitely going to face a major blow.
Flights seem to be resuming gradually at the airport, but travellers are advised to speak to their airline for the latest updates. flights from London Heathrow, New York, Rome and Berlin were delayed while London Gatwick, Paris, Amsterdam and Brussels, have been cancelled.