Iran suspends all flights to Istanbul airport after attack

DUBAI: Iran said it had suspended all flights to Istanbul’s main international airport on Wednesday after it was attacked by militants.


“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 Organization, was quoted as saying by Fars news agency.

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

It is the deadliest of four attacks to rock Turkey’s biggest city this year, with two others blamed on Islamic State and another claimed by a militant Kurdish group

Istanbul, a major tourism hub that is home to some 15 million people, has suffered a series of attacks in recent months, including a bombing in the heart of the tourist district that killed a dozen German visitors and was blamed on Islamic State.