High winds force Turkish Airlines to cancel 95 flights

Published: January 16, 2016
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A picture taken on March 16 shows a Turkish Airlines aircraft taking off from Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. PHOTO: AFP

A picture taken on March 16 shows a Turkish Airlines aircraft taking off from Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL: Turkish Airlines on Saturday cancelled 95 flights because of strong winds at its hub in Istanbul, according to a statement on its website.

Domestic and international flights in and out of Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport were affected, it said.

“Due to storm-strength ‘lodos’ winds, flights on Jan. 16 and 17 have been cancelled to reduce potential capacity,” Turkish Airlines, Europe’s fourth-biggest carrier, said.

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The lodos is a warm southwesterly wind in the Sea of Marmara that blows at times throughout the year and can raise high seas.

The main ferry service across the Marmara cancelled a half-dozen trips due to the lodos, the state-run Anadolu Agency said.

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