Turkey earthquake: Are flights and holidays cancelled?

1 month ago The Independent

Sign up to Simon Calder’s free travel email for weekly expert advice and money-saving discounts

Get Simon Calder’s Travel email

Please enter a valid email address

Please enter a valid email address

I would like to be emailed about offers, events and updates from The Independent. Read our privacy notice

Thanks for signing up to the
Simon Calder’s Travel email

{{ #verifyErrors }} {{ message }} {{ /verifyErrors }} {{ ^verifyErrors }} Something went wrong. Please try again later {{ /verifyErrors }}

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake has struck an area of southeast Turkey, with tourists urged by the Foreign Office (FCDO) to “avoid the immediate vicinity” of the incident.

The FCDO updated its advice to UK travellers at 3am on Monday, following the tragic incident in the early hours.

The initial 7.8 earthquake struck the southeastern city of Gaziantep at 4.17am local time. Turkey’s emergency authorities have since reported a second, 7.5 magnitude earthquake in a different southeast location at 1.24pm local time.

At the time of writing, the combined death toll of the incident in Syria and Turkey stands at 1 ,300.

Are holidays to Turkey in the coming weeks affected, and are airlines still operating flights?

Here’s everything you need to know.

Which parts of Turkey are affected?

The city of Gaziantep and its surrounding provinces were hardest hit by the initial earthquake. The first quake was felt at 4.17am local time, with one resident telling CNN that “it felt like it would never be over”.

The city is in the southeast of the country, close to the Syrian border and a sizeable distance from Turkey’s tourism hubs. It lies 823km east of the southern port of Antalya and 1,139km southeast of the port of Istanbul.

The 7.8 magnitude quake is the strongest to hit Turkey in more than eight decades; the country saw a 7.6 magnitude earthquake in August 1999, but the last recorded 7.8 incident was in December 1939.

One concern for tourists or visitors to the area is aftershocks, which have been felt since the initial quake.

Later on Monday, Turkey’s AFAP emergency authority reported a second quake in the town of Ekinozu, this time at a magnitude of 7.5. The town is 842km east of Antalya, and 196km north of Gaziantep.

Local emergency services are still working to rescue locals from the rubble, with the rising death toll currently estimated to be 1,300.

Tremors from the initial quake were felt as far away as Cyprus (415km from Gaziantep), Lebanon and Israel.

Holidaymaker Julia Miernik tweeted: “What just happened? 3.20am and my whole hotel is floating, bed is shaking on the ground and everybody is screaming. Then I see the news in #Turkey First day on my holidays and #earthquake?” She later told followers she was staying in Larnaca, Cyprus.

The ancient historic site of Gaziantep Castle (circa 656 AD), has also been badly damaged by the shock.

Have airlines cancelled flights to Turkey?

At present, no airlines serving the UK have announced cancellations to their flights in relation to the natural disaster.

However, Turkey’s Adana Airport has been closed until further notice, the Demiroren news agency reported.

There are no flights from the UK into Adana, which is 220km west of Gazientep, though it is served by domestic flights from tourism hubs Istanbul and Bodrum.

Crisis24 reported that Gazientep Airport, Hatay Airport and the seaport of Ceyhan have also been closed and operations suspended in the wake of the natural disaster.

“Currently, only planes carrying aid and rescue teams are allowed to land and take off from the two airports,” reported the Turkey-ased Daily Sabah. “Hatay Airport, whose runway was damaged because of the earthquake, was closed for all flights.”

The Independent has contacted other airlines and tour operators serving Turkey for further comment.

What has the Foreign Office said?

An update to the FCDO’s Turkey page in the early hours of Monday reads: “A 7.8 earthquake hit Gaziantep and neighbouring provinces in the south east of Turkey on 6 February 2023.

“There have been several strong after-shocks. You should avoid the immediate vicinity and follow the advice of the local authorities.”

It advises all but essential travel to “areas within 10km of the border with Syria”.

In its general advice on Turkey, the FCDO says: “Many parts of Turkey are subject to earthquakes. You should familiarise yourself with safety procedures in the event of an earthquake and follow the advice of the local authorities.”

Prime minister Rishi Sunak said: “My thoughts are with the people of Türkiye and Syria this morning, particularly with those first responders working so valiantly to save those trapped by the earthquake. The UK stands ready to help in whatever way we can.”

There have been 18 earthquakes in the country since the year 2000.

What have the Turkish authorities said?

Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said there had been “heavy destruction” in cities in the area, reporting that nearly 3,000 buildings had been destroyed.

“We hope that we will overcome this disaster together as soon as possible,” said Mr Erdoğan in a televised address.

The Independent has approached Turkey’s tourism board for comment.
Continue reading...

Read On "The Independent"

More News On "The Independent"
27 days ago - Wayne Shorter, jazz legend and N.J. native, dead at 89 27 days ago - What to make of Grant Williams’ surprising DNP in Celtics-Cavs matchup 27 days ago - Grading the Canucks’ Trade for Filip Hronek 29 days ago - McGhee's dramatic buzzer beater lifts Dragons into NSIC championship game 29 days ago - Buster Posey has heartfelt Scott Cousins message 12 years after collision 29 days ago - Ravi Shastri Settles Shubman Gill vs KL Rahul Debate With A Blunt Verdict 29 days ago - AMA vs KOT Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Injury Update- Navi Mumbai Premier League T20, Match 2 29 days ago - Murdoch admits some Fox News hosts 'endorsed' false election fraud claims 29 days ago - LaMelo Ball breaks ankle, latest setback in rough season 29 days ago - Ball fractures ankle in Hornets’ 117-106 win over Pistons 29 days ago - Avalanche examining trade market — The Fourth Period 29 days ago - Knicks deliver statement with stifling win over NBA-best Celtics 29 days ago - Who are Jimmy and Dee Haslam, reported new Milwaukee Bucks co-owners? 29 days ago - Celtics vs. Knicks takeaways: C's go ice-cold from 3 in frustrating loss 29 days ago - UNC Basketball: Photos from win at Florida State 29 days ago - Butler's acrobatic layup, 23 points lead Heat past 76ers :: WRALSportsFan.com 29 days ago - NBA roundup: LaMelo Ball breaks ankle in Charlotte’s win over Detroit 29 days ago - Murdoch says some Fox hosts ‘endorsed’ false election claims 29 days ago - Drunk flyers getting unruly led to tighter rules: AI CEO 29 days ago - UNC Men’s Basketball Holds Off Florida State Rally, Wins Final Road Game 29 days ago - UCLA Set to Host LMU, Michigan in Midweek Battles 29 days ago - Minus Timo Meier, Sharks host new-look Canadiens 29 days ago - Elon Musk Reclaims Top Spot on Billionaires List 29 days ago - No. 9 UConn still standing ... barely ... as sole regular-season champion of Big East 29 days ago - Breaking new ground, video game engages with Holocaust 29 days ago - John Oliver Goes After SF-Based OpenAI and Its ChatGPT Product: ‘The George Santos of Technology’ 29 days ago - HAGENS BERMAN, NATIONAL TRIAL ATTORNEYS, Encourages Catalent (CTLT) Investors with Substantial Losses to Contact Firm's Attorneys, Securities Fraud Class Action Filed - Catalent (NYSE:CTLT) 29 days ago - Florida State fights hard on Senior Night, but this time the comeback bid falls short 29 days ago - How do you talk to a whole country about COVID-19? Use a GIF. 29 days ago - 1 killed as tornadoes rip through Oklahoma, California braces for more snow 29 days ago - Austin Police Department staffing crisis: 77 officers could retire by end of March as vacancies pile up 29 days ago - Alec Baldwin sued by three Rust crew members who suffer from anxiety PTSD and have blast injuries 29 days ago - Assessment Covid-19 leaked from Chinese lab is a minority view within US intel community, sources say 29 days ago - Quinta Brunson, Kevin Jay Anik’s Relationship Timeline 29 days ago - Sydney World Pride: Here’s what you need to know ahead of Harbour Bridge closure on March 5. 29 days ago - Reddit Has a Must Read Thread About The Worst Things People Have Seen at Disney World 29 days ago - Courteney Cox snubbed by ‘Friends’ at Walk of Fame star ceremony? 29 days ago - No. 1 CSI draws Snow College in Region 18 opener: 'It'll be a hard game' 29 days ago - Rochester organization working to prevent adverse childhood experiences 29 days ago - ‘Friends’ star Courteney Cox didn’t think Hollywood success was ‘possibility’ growing up in Alabama 29 days ago - Winds shred Southern Plains; California set to get more snow 29 days ago - Robbins: Zelenskyy & Navalny heroes for standing up to Putin 29 days ago - An Arizona driver was charged after plowing into cyclists, killing 2 and injuring 17 29 days ago - DeSantis clemency only option for ex-death row inmate after Supreme Court denial 29 days ago - Rupert Murdoch admits some Fox News hosts 'endorsed' false election fraud claims 29 days ago - Nolan Gould: What Happened To The Modern Family Star? 29 days ago - Chip 4 Alliance: Senior officials finally meet to discuss semiconductor supply chain 29 days ago - Zero-calorie sweetener linked to heart attack and stroke, study finds 29 days ago - ‘American Idol’ Alum Adam Lambert Made a Lana Del Rey Song Sound Like Led Zeppelin on His New Album 29 days ago - Student Association meets with Micron to potentially develop a partnership 29 days ago - Hornets vs Pistons: How to Watch Live Stream, TV Channel, NBA Start Time 29 days ago - ‘Hoping for a miracle’: Fundraiser for family of Angus man seriously injured at Collingwood-area work site raises more than $31K 29 days ago - Disney World’s Self-Governing District Now Under State Control 29 days ago - JD Vance, Sherrod Brown demand EPA, CDC start health screenings in East Palestine after train derailment 29 days ago - UConn women's basketball guard Nika Mühl surpasses Sue Bird's single-season assist record 29 days ago - Messi, Putellas headline FIFA Best award winners as Kerr makes World XI 29 days ago - Florida Governor Strips Disney of Special District Control 29 days ago - DeSantis signs bill that gives him more control of Disney’s special district 29 days ago - Chicago Bulls vs. Toronto Raptors – 2/28/23 Free Pick & NBA Betting Prediction 29 days ago - Maple Leafs answer Lightning by making trade with Blackhawks
free geoip