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The airline easyJet, which had 24 flights scheduled to and from Turkey on Saturday, said the current advice was that it should be able to continue operating its services to Antalya, Bodrum, Dalaman and Izmir.

“Given the military coup, we are liaising with the Turkish and British authorities. The safety and security of our passengers and crew is the airline’s highest priority.”

However, a spokesman added that the flight schedule would be kept under continuous review and passengers should check for updated information on its website.

The Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA), which represents the travel industry, said it was liaising closely with the Foreign Office and its members.

“Following an attempted military coup in Turkey on 15-16 July, the situation remains fluid. ABTA recommends that members of the public read and follow the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice and any advice or instructions issued by their travel provider or airline,” a spokesman said.

” There has been no change to FCO advice regarding travel to Turkey and holiday programmes to the resort areas continue to operate.  

“The vast majority of British travellers to Turkey will fly directly to the beach resorts on Turkey’s south coast which are hundred of miles away from Istanbul and the capital Ankara. The FCO is reporting that the coastal resorts do not appear to be significantly affected at present and advises holidaymakers should check with their airline or tour operator before travelling to the airport and continue to exercise vigilance in resort areas.

  “People in Ankara and Istanbul are advised to avoid public places, in particular demonstrations, and remain vigilant.”

I have booked a holiday to Turkey. Should I still go?

Keep a close eye on regularly updated advice from the FCO. Currently, it has issued a warning to holidaymakers already in the region to “stay indoors, avoid public places, in particular demonstrations, and remain vigilant”. The majority of Turkey, however, remains at its lowest “green” level, indicating it has been generally safe to travel.

I no longer want to take my planned holiday to Turkey. Can I get a refund?

In the first instance, check with the company you  booked with. Some, including Thomas Cook and Thompson, were offering refunds or amendments to holidays booked in Turkey for July 16th. But people who wish to cancel holidays booked for later this summer may be left out of pocket.

If holiday resorts in Turkey remain safe to travel to according to the FCO, any refunds should be subject to the usual terms and conditions.

What about my hotel insurance?

The Association of British Insurers said: “British holidaymakers that are affected should speak to their tour operator, travel agent and air carrier in the first instance. Travel insurance is primarily in place to cover the cost of emergency medical treatment and is not designed to cover disinclination to travel.”

Some policies may cover cancellation costs if the FCO advise against “all but essential travel”; a level of risk that does not currently apply to Turkish holiday resorts.

I am currently in Turkey and concerned. What should I do?

Speak directly to your tour operator or holiday rep, or telephone the Foreign Office on 0044 20 7008 1500. The Telegraph will update the news section of its website with any ongoing problems.

I have friends or family in Turkey and have not heard from them. Should I be worried?

If you are concerned for their safely, the urgent helpline number for Ankara is +90 312 455 3344. Do bear in mind they may have found it difficult to update their social media statuses during the unfolding coup.

Are all airlines flying to Turkey as usual?

No. British Airways cancelled flights yesterday (Sat) and have advised passengers to check before leaving home. Easyjet, Thomas Cook, United Airlines and Turkish Airlines were flying to destinations including Istanbul, Bodrum and Dalaman.

Is there any specific threat to British tourists?

Reports suggest the attempted military coup was not linked to any specific threat to Westerners, and the FCO has not upgraded its risk assessment to areas near to holiday resorts.

 


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