Lufthansa, Thomas Cook and TUI Resumes Flights To Turkey

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Lufthansa and tour operators Thomas Cook and TUI have resumed flights to Turkey following the failed coup against President Tayyip Erdogan.

Turkey widened a crackdown on suspected supporters of the military coup attempt, taking the number of people rounded up in the armed forces and judiciary to 6,000.

The government said it was in full control of the country and economy.

Lufthansa has resumed flying to Istanbul, Ankara, Izmir and Bodrum, the company.

Only a flight between Istanbul and Frankfurt and a flight between Munich and Ankara had been cancelled, a spokesman for Lufthansa said.

Lufthansa unit Eurowings has also resumed flights to Turkey.

A spokesman for Thomas Cook said, “On Saturday and Sunday, the planes took off for Turkey, only a select few guests did not take their flight.”

A spokeswoman for TUI Deutschland said flights had resumed and of the 18,000 people currently visiting Turkey, only 30 had opted to come back early.

Most German tourists are staying in and around Antalya. “It is a normal Sunday for us,” she said.

British Airways flights from Britain to Turkish destinations including Istanbul and Izmir have also resumed, according to the airline’s website, after the firm cancelled all flights to Turkey on Saturday.

“We’ll be flying a reduced schedule to Turkey today,” a spokeswoman said on Sunday. “We continue to keep our flights to Turkey under review.”