Flights resume to Istanbul international airport

The usually buzzing airport was eerily quiet with some stranded travelers sitting on the floors of the largely empty terminals. (AFP)

Flights into Istanbul's international airport have resumed after being halted for nearly 24 hours by the failed coup attempt.

By late afternoon Saturday, mostly national carriers were flying into Istanbul, but other airlines preferred to wait one more day to test the precarious security situation.

Late Saturday, the usually buzzing airport was eerily quiet with some stranded travelers sitting on the floors of the largely empty terminals.

Turkish Airlines flights were due to resume as normal at 1100 GMT on Saturday, the flagship carrier's chairman told local news outlets.

The airline had diverted 35 airplanes and cancelled 32 flights on Saturday at Istanbul's main airport, Ilker Ayci told CNN Turk.

Iranian and Russian airlines have suspended regular passenger flights to Turkey.

TASS news agency quoted an official from Russia's Transport Ministry as saying on Saturday, the Russian decision was implemented after an order from President Vladimir Putin .

Previously, the airspace over Turkey’s northwestern Marmara region has been closed to civilian flights until 1805 GMT, the state-run Anadolu Agency said on Saturday, citing information from aviation authorities.

The closure of the airspace, in a region near Turkey’s borders with Greece and Bulgaria, comes after an attempted coup launched by a faction within Turkey’s military.

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