Turkish Airlines cancels flights to Crimea until April
Monday, March 31, 2014
ISTANBUL – Turkish Airlines has announced its flights between Istanbul and the city of Simferopol on the Crimean Peninsula will be cancelled until April 15.
The airline had announced earlier on Monday that the cancellation would be effective until June 17, but said in a statement later in the day that “due to the prevailing situation in the Crimean region, flights have been cancelled until April 15”.
The Turkish national carrier recommends that all passengers double-check their flights on the airline's official website: turkishairlines.com, or by calling its call center on (+90 212) 444 0 849.
Pro-Moscow forces took control of the Crimean Peninsula in late February.
Following a referendum in the region, Crimea decided to secede from Ukraine and join Russia.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has since signed into law the annexation of Ukraine's strategic peninsula amid criticism and sanctions from the European Union and the U.S.
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