Editor’s note: Global Atlanta caught up with Dogancan “Can” Temel, president of Georgia Tech‘s Turkish Student Association, to learn how his travel plans would change in the aftermath of the Istanbul airport terrorist attacks that killed more than 40 of his countrymen. Our interest in part is the health of the new Turkish Airlines flight that links Atlanta with Read more
In the wake of this week’s terror attacks at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, less than a month after a new flight launched from Atlanta, some members of the city’s Turkish community are reeling at their country’s loss while resolving not to let fear rule them.
Just over a month ago, the first Turkish Airlines passengers landed in Atlanta, sharing stories of eating festive cupcakes in the Istanbul airport to celebrate the inaugural departure from Turkey’s cultural and business center. Last night, a different set of travelers arrived here only to learn the macabre news of a tragedy they narrowly avoided. Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport Read more
The problems facing Turkey today are legion. With more than 2 million refugees from Syria, its refugee camps are overwhelmed. The tensions between Russia and Turkey are at an all-time high, and Turks shooting down a Russian plane for violating their airspace last year aggravated their relations for the worse. Even worse is Russia’s support for the regime of Bashar al-Assad in Read more
The timing couldn’t have been worse for a new Turkish Airlines flight between Atlanta and Istanbul.
With the Middle East in turmoil, it wouldn’t seem the most auspicious time to launch two new competing flights to Atlanta from that region. But two fast-growing airlines from the neighborhood believe connectivity to their hub cities and beyond provides untold opportunity for business and leisure travelers from Atlanta and the broader Southeast U.S. Turkish Read more
Georgia‘s Turkish honorary consul general, Mona Diamond Sunshine, has condemned a suicide bombing in Ankara, the nation’s capital, that left nearly 100 people dead and more than 240 injured at latest count, stoking security fears in a country that has largely kept Islamist extremist violence outside its borders. As Honorary Consul General of Turkey in Georgia, I personally Read more
Turkey has stepped up efforts to confront the terrorist group controlling swathes of Iraq and Syria, but it’s also using the confrontation to launch airstrikes against Kurdish separatists.
Atlantans next week have the chance to meet the group managing the construction and eventual operation of the New Istanbul Airport, which seeks to eventually dethrone Hartsfield-Jackson as the world’s busiest.
Turkish Airlines has confirmed with Global Atlanta that it will launch nonstop flights from Istanbul to Atlanta next summer, boosting business and educational links with this market of 75 million-plus people.