Turkey-Syria earthquake: Flights resume from disaster-hit Hatay Airport

Flights made between February 13-19 will require advance reservation to facilitate the evacuation process, says official

By Anadolu Agency

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Published: Mon 13 Feb 2023, 2:44 PM

Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines has resumed flights from Hatay Airport in the country’s earthquake-hit southern region.

"Our flights from Hatay Airport have resumed," Yahya Ustun, Turkish Airlines’ senior vice president for media relations, said on Twitter.

Flights made between Feb. 13-19 will require advance reservation to facilitate the evacuation process, Ustun added.

Passengers without reservations will also be accepted in the case of vacant seats, he noted.

Hatay Airport, whose runway was damaged because of the earthquakes that struck the region last Monday, had been closed to flights.

At least 30,000 people were killed by the two massive earthquakes, the country's disaster agency said Sunday.

The magnitude 7.7 and 7.6 quakes affected more than 13 million people across 10 provinces, including Hatay, Gaziantep, Adana, Adiyaman, Diyarbakir, Kahramanmaras, Kilis, Malatya, Osmaniye and Sanliurfa.

Several countries in the region, including Syria and Lebanon, felt the strong tremors that struck Turkey in the space of less than 10 hours.

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