Iran grounds all flights to Istanbul airport after suicide attacks; Turkish Airlines resumes flights after brief suspension

Turkish Airlines has suspended its flights until 8am (11am Singapore time) on Wednesday (June 29) after the bombing at Istanbul Airport.
Turkish Airlines has suspended its flights until 8am (11am Singapore time) on Wednesday (June 29) after the bombing at Istanbul Airport. PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL/DUBAI (REUTERS) - Iran said it had suspended all flights to Turkey's Ataturk airport after suspected Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) bombers killed 36 people at Istanbul's main international airport late on Tuesday.

“Due to last night’s explosion at Ataturk Airport... all Iranian flights are suspended until their safety and security are guaranteed,” Reza Jafarzadeh, director of the public relations at Iran’s Civil Aviation Organisation, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency. 

He added that the flights might be resumed in the afternoon. 

Turkish Airlines earlier suspended its flights until 8am (11am Singapore time) on Wednesday (June 29). The company said in a statement any bookings on flights to or from Istanbul Ataturk airport between June 28 and July 5 would be changed or refunded without any cost, provided the passenger requests this by July 31, 2016.

The US Federal Aviation Administration had grounded all flights between the US and Istanbul immediately after the attacks, but lifted the ban hours later.