Posts Tagged ‘Istanbul’


[The Telegraph] A Syrian refugee has been stuck in a Turkish airport for a year, forced to live in the “Problematic Passengers Room” and constantly facing the threat of being deported to Syria, according to Amnesty.

1 year is enough says Fadi Mansour

1 year is enough says Fadi Mansour

Fadi Mansour has been arbitrarily detained in inhumane conditions at Istanbul Ataturk Airport since March 15, 2015, Amnesty International claimed as it urged Ankara to release him.

Mr Mansour apparently told relatives he is considering asking to be return to Syria because “at least there I die once and it’s over, instead of dying more and more each day I spend in here”.

His lawyer has urged the courts to release him from detention, where Amnesty says he has no natural light and artificial lighting is constantly on.

During his year in the airport, he was attacked by another detainee and asked to return to Lebanon. After arriving there, the Lebanese authorities denied him entry and he came back to Turkey where authorities re-detained him, Amnesty said.

Turkish Airlines aircrafts taxi at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, where a Syrian refugee has been stuck for a year Photo: REUTERS

Turkish Airlines aircraft taxi at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey, where a Syrian refugee has been stuck for a year Photo: REUTERS

But after being kidnapped and held for ransom by a gang, he left for Turkey in 2014.

A month later, he left for Malaysia which would not allow admission because of the alleged use of false identity papers, Amnesty said.

In what appears to be Mr Mansour’s Twitter account, he has urged the authorities to let him leave, in one picture he wrote: “One year is enough.”

Read the full story at The Telegraph…..

 


By Raziye Akkoc
8:01PM 15 March, 2016



[Metro] A recent poll from travel search site Skyscanner claims Luton was rated as the most unfriendly airport with only 5.76 points out of ten.

Luton has been named the UK's most unfriendly airport in a new survey.

Luton has been named the UK’s most unfriendly airport in a new survey. Photo: Wikipedia

London airports Stansted, Heathrow and Gatwick also featured towards the bottom of the list.

Meanwhile, the one airport which is getting things right is Edinburgh, earning a massive thumbs up from visitors.

ith a score of 7.41 points out of ten for friendliness it was followed closely by Newcastle (7.34) and then Manchester (6.87). Around Europe, Paris was voted the rudest airport with a score of just 4.86 points, while Moscow received 5.03 points and Istanbul was awarded 5.91 points.

The friendliest European airport, according to travellers, was shown to be Copenhagen (7.08 points).

Commenting on the results, Victoria Bailie from Skyscanner said: ‘We like to have a good moan and grumble but overall, the average scores were positives for the UK’s airports.

‘Despite the summer rush, they’ve clearly been doing a good job to help kick start our holiday on a positive note.’

Read the original story at Metro…..

 


Metro.co.uk
21st Aug, 2012



[NEW YORK and ISTANBUL] JetBlue Airways, New York’s Hometown Airline, and Turkish Airlines, the fast growing global carrier, today announced an interline agreement to connect the carriers’ networks at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport.

This summer, Turkish Airlines plans to bolster its already robust schedule from New York by offering three daily nonstop flights to the thriving city of Istanbul

This summer, Turkish Airlines plans to bolster its already robust schedule from New York by offering three daily nonstop flights to the thriving city of Istanbul.  Photo: Wikipedia

 – New global connections available via New York, Washington, and Istanbul –
– Turkish to offer three daily nonstops from New York to Istanbul this summer –

Through this new partnership, customers will be able to transfer in either U.S. city between Turkish Airlines- and JetBlue-operated flights while enjoying one-stop ticketing and check-in plus hassle-free baggage transfer and other benefits. JetBlue offers connections to and from dozens of cities throughout the United States including Boston, Massachusetts; Buffalo/Niagara Falls, New York; Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina; Fort Lauderdale and Orlando, Florida; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

This summer, Turkish Airlines plans to bolster its already robust schedule from New York by offering three daily nonstop flights to the thriving city of Istanbul – the most of any airline serving the market. Turkish also offers daily nonstop service between Istanbul and the U.S. capital. The carrier’s transatlantic flights are operated in the comfort of its Boeing 777 and Airbus A330 fleet, offering travellers three classes of service, premium meal options, internet connectivity, and a wide array of personal in-flight entertainment choices.

Turkish Airlines has rapidly grown to become one of the world’s largest carriers, serving the most destinations of any European airline from a single airport. Its network touches nearly 200 cities across five continents, affording connecting travellers service throughout Europe, the Middle East, all corners of Africa, the Indian Subcontinent and Asia Pacific. JetBlue’s new relationship with Turkish Airlines expands travel options by opening up a number of exciting new destinations in Europe, Africa, and Asia that were previously unavailable through its other partner airlines.

At New York's JFK Airport, Turkish Airlines operates from Terminal 1

At New York’s JFK Airport, Turkish Airlines operates from Terminal 1

In the United States, Turkish Airlines also serves Chicago O’Hare International Airport and Los Angeles International Airport.

Known for its award-winning customer service, JetBlue offers Turkish Airlines transfer travellers a premium experience that includes all-leather seating, unlimited free snacks and drinks, plus the most legroom in economy class (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as the most free live entertainment of any U.S. airline. JetBlue also operates one of America’s youngest and most fuel-efficient airline fleets, with 172 Airbus and EMBRAER aircraft.

At JFK Airport, Turkish Airlines operates from Terminal 1 while JetBlue operates from nearby Terminal 5, a quick ride away on the airport’s free AirTrain service. JetBlue’s Terminal 5, the newest at JFK, offers customers an impressive airport experience complete with unique retail and dining options. Learn more about T5 at http://www.jetblue.com/travel/jfk.

“Turkish Airlines has quickly established itself as one of the world’s leading airlines, and we are pleased to be partnering with them during this impressive period of growth,” said JetBlue Chief Commercial Officer Robin Hayes. “With service from Washington plus three daily flights from JFK to Istanbul and beyond, our new partnership with this respected carrier will allow JetBlue customers to travel virtually anywhere on Earth with a single ticket.”

Turkish Airlines’ Chief Investment and Technology Officer, Ahmet Bolat, Ph.D. added, “We believe that this new partnership will boost traffic between Turkey and the U.S. with JetBlue’s wide-ranging network via New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and Washington Dulles International Airport. We’re very excited to bring JetBlue service to Turkish Airlines’ customers.”

About JetBlue Airways
JetBlue is New York’s Hometown Airline(TM) with other focus cities in Boston, Fort Lauderdale, Los Angeles, and Orlando. Known for its award-winning service and free TV as much as its low fares, JetBlue offers the most legroom in coach of any U.S. airline (based on average fleet-wide seat pitch) as well as super-spacious Even More Space seats. JetBlue is also America’s first and only airline to offer its own Customer Bill of Rights, with meaningful and specific compensation for customers inconvenienced by service disruptions within JetBlue’s control. Visit www.jetblue.com/promise for details. JetBlue serves 71 cities with 700 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, and an overnight stay is never required. For information call +1 800-538-2583 (+1-801-449-2525 from Istanbul and other foreign cities), TTY/TDD +1 800-336-5530, or visit www.jetblue.com.

About Turkish Airlines
Established in 1933 with a fleet of only five airplanes, Star Alliance member, Turkish Airlines is today a four star airline with a fleet of 179 aircraft (passenger and cargo) flying to 191 cities around the world, comprised of 40 domestic and 151 international destinations. One of the fastest growing airline companies, Turkish Airlines has received several “Passengers Choice Awards” from the consumer ranking group, Skytrax. Based on 2011 results, Turkish Airlines has been chosen as the winner in 3 categories, “Best Airline Europe”, “Best Premium Economy Seats” for its Comfort Class seats and “Best Airline Southern Europe”. It has also received awards for its catering and holds a coveted 4-star designation, putting the airline in a small group of top quality carriers. Turkish Airlines was also given the Skytrax designation of “World’s Best Economy Class On-board Catering” in 2010, and Skyscanner’s “Best On-board Food 2011”. Long haul Business Class passengers also enjoy the Flying Chef service on-board. For more information visit www.thy.com.


SOURCE JetBlue Airways
15th May, 2012



[ynetnews.com] Pegasus Airlines to launch new Tel Aviv-Istanbul route with flights priced at only $70 one way.

Turkish Deputy Minister of Tourism Ozgur Ozaslan expressed his hopes that Israeli travelers would return to his country

Turkish Deputy Minister of Tourism Ozgur Ozaslan expressed his hopes that Israeli travelers would return to his country.

The recent drop in the number of Israeli tourists traveling to Turkey and the ongoing diplomatic rift between the two countries has not stopped Turkey’s Pegasus Airlines from announcing Tel Aviv as its newest destination.

The low-cost air carrier is set to launch its Istanbul-Tel Aviv route on June 18. Tickets, which have already gone on sale, are to start at $69.99 one way, including taxes and fees. The airline is to operate six weekly flights each way. Travelers wishing to continue to destinations beyond Istanbul are given the option to purchase the additional flight for a moderate fee.

Time will tell whether the lucrative pricing would be enough to lure Israelis back to Turkey.

Despite the fact that ties between the two countries reached a historic low following an IDF raid on a Turkish Gaza-bound maritime flotilla in May 2010, and the subsequent expulsion of the Israeli ambassador from Ankara, Turkey continued to woo Israelis at the annual International Mediterranean Tourism Market in Tel Aviv earlier this year….

Read the full story at ynetnews.com…..


Aviel Magnezi
Published: 23rd April 2012



…. but it turns out to be a mobile phone charging in the toilet.

A plane was forced to make an emergency landing after a passenger left their mobile phone charging in the toilet – triggering fears it was a bomb.

A U.S-bound Boeing 767 touches down at Dublin airport

The U.S-bound Delta Air Lines flight diverted to Dublin yesterday due to a ‘possible security situation’ after the device was found plugged into a socket, the company said.

The Boeing 767-300, which was carrying 208 passengers from Istanbul, Turkey, was later cleared by Dublin Airport officials to continue its journey to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport.

Irish Aviation Authority spokeswoman Lilian Cassin said the plane touched down safely at around 4pm and was diverted to an isolated corner of the runway after the pilot requested an emergency landing.

Officers from Ireland’s national police force, the Garda Siochana, boarded the plane, spoke to the pilot about the nature of the suspected bomb and asked any passenger missing their phone to come forward.

One came forward to say they had decided to charge the phone using the restroom’s socket for shavers and left it there, wrapped up in its charging cord.

Another passenger using the restroom reported it might be a bomb.

Police said nobody was hurt or arrested as a result of Monday’s security alert, and the Dublin Airport Authority said no other flights were affected.

Delta spokesman Anthony Black said the aircraft had 208 passengers and 11 crew members.

He said the aircraft was refuelled before continuing its journey…..

Read the full story at The Daily Mail Online….


By SIMON TOMLINSON
PUBLISHED:  17 April 2012