US’ Delta to suspend New York-JFK - Istanbul service over security concerns, weaker demand
REUTERS photoU.S.-based airliner Delta has announced that it would suspend its NYC and Istanbul flights over security concerns and weakening demand in a written statement on April 20.
“Due to increased security concerns in Turkey, including a travel warning issued by the [U.S.] State Department, and weaker demand for air travel to this market, Delta has taken the decision to suspend its New York-JFK-Istanbul service due to start in May 2016,” said the statement.
Several terrorist attacks hit Turkey’s two largest cities, Istanbul and Ankara, its capital city, this year. The U.S. embassy in Turkey on April 9 warned American citizens of “credible threats” to tourist areas in Istanbul and the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya.
Spain’s Iberia has also reportedly decided to suspend its services to Istanbul, citing a “steep decline in demand” on April 18.