The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has lifted a ban on flights from Turkey to the United States, allowing Turkish Airlines to resume flights to nine US cities.
The FAA had temporarily barred any airlines from flying on the route after an attempted coup to overthrow the country’s government. In the aftermath of the coup, US officials said they were concerned about security standards at Istanbul Atatürk Airport.
Turkish Airlines, the only carrier flying directly between Turkey and the United States, had to cancel all flights to US airports on Sunday, 17 July and Monday, 18 July.
The carrier then announced it would resume all US flights on 19 July, starting with its 6:45 a.m. departure to New York John F. Kennedy International Airport. Turkish Airlines serves Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson, Boston, Chicago O’Hare, Houston International, Los Angeles International, Miami International, New York JFK, San Francisco and Washington Dulles from its Istanbul Atatürk hub.
A two-day backlog of cargo that built up during the period of the ban has since been cleared according to Huseyin Baykut, Head of Airfreight Export for Toll Global Forwarding in Turkey.
The FAA ban also included US-registered aircraft from flying to and from Turkey, but since American Airlines, United Airlines and Delta Air Lines do not serve Istanbul, US passenger carriers were not affected. The FAA has also lifted that restriction.