Turkey coup attempt: advice for British travellers

British Airways have cancelled all flights to and from Turkey.

Following a coup attempt by a section of the military in Turkey, in which at least 265 people have been killed, here is a summary of current travel advice for British travellers:

Flights status

  • British Airways cancels all flights

British Airways have cancelled all flights to and from Turkey on Saturday in light of the coup attempt, and will operate a reduced schedule on Sunday.

British Airways have cancelled all flights to and from Turkey. Credit: PA

A BA spokesperson said: "We'll be flying a reduced schedule to Turkey tomorrow [Sunday July 17], however these flights may be subject to some delays.

"We continue to keep our flights to Turkey under review and we recommend that customers check ba.com for the latest information."

Booked with BA...what can you do?

  • Customers affected by the cancellations are being offered to rebook or a refund.

  • People currently booked for Sunday or Monday can rebook at no cost, subject to availability, the airline said.

Easyjet continuing Turkey flight programme

EasyJet has said the airline does not expect any changes to its schedule of flights to Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Ismir.

Easyjet has said the decision to continue to fly to Turkey will be under 'continuous review'.

"We are liaising with the Turkish and British authorities. The safety and security of our passengers and crew is the airline's highest priority," a spokeswoman said.

"Current advice from the British authorities is to continue our flying programme. This will be kept under continuous review," she added.

  • Turkish Airlines flights resumed

Turkish Airlines said its operations at Istanbul Ataturk Airport have gone back to normal and flights have resumed.

A spokesman for Turkish Airlines said flights had now returned to their normal schedule from Europe's third largest hub, though delays were to be expected.

Operations at Istanbul Ataturk Airport are back to normal, Turkish Airlines said. Credit: Reuters
  • Thomson and First Choice flights 'operating as normal'

Flights to Dalaman,Antalya and Izmir are operating as normal, the airlines said.

But they added: "Given the exceptional circumstances customers due to depart on 16th July 2016 and who no longer wish to travel, can cancel and receive a full refund, or amend to another holiday currently on sale subject to availability."

Normal booking conditions apply for all other travel dates to Turkey.

Thomas Cook advising its customers to "stay in their hotels"

Thomas Cook said its holiday programme was operating as normal, but following the attempted coup it was offering free amendments and cancellations for all customers due to fly to Turkey on Saturday or Sunday.

A spokeswoman for the company said: "We note the reports coming out of Turkey regarding a military coup. There is no indication that guests in the coastal resorts are affected.

"However, as a precautionary measure, we advise our customers in resort to stay in their hotels until further notice."

FCO: Britons in Turkey strongly advised to stay indoors

The Foreign Office (FCO) has strongly advised Britons in Turkey to stay indoors and remain vigilant.

Advice on the Foreign Office website said: "The situation in Turkey appears to be calming following an attempted coup overnight on 15-16 July. The security environment, however, remains potentially volatile."

People due to travel to or from Turkey over the next few days are still advised to closely monitor travel advice and check with airlines or tour operators before travelling.

UK's largest travel association, Abta, said it was liaising closely with the FCO and travel providers.