I'm sure we all have heard about the terrorist attack in Istanbul Ataturk airport yesterday, 28 June 2016. Has anybody by any chance flown to/from/via IST since the attack and can give a first-hand account of any new security measures that have been introduced, especially in regards to transferring passengers?

I have tickets for this Saturday, 02 July 2016, flying with Turkish Airlines and transferring in IST (international to international). These are the flights I've taken several times in the past and from experience, 1 hour 10 minutes that I have between flights is enough time. However I am concerned that after the terrorist attack the airport introduced additional security measures, which may cause me to miss my connecting flight. Add to this the fact that we'll be travelling with small children - and now the chance to miss the connecting flight is rather real.

The booking is all on one ticket and in case we do miss the connecting flight, the next one is only 3 hours later, so it's not the end of the world, but it would be nice to know what to expect.

  • One thing which I have noted even 3 months earlier (I was checking airlines rates for my travel from chennai to Izmir, Turkey) All flights with transit thru Istanbul had significantly lower rates compared to other flights even 2 to 3 months earlier. may be the difference must have gone up recently after this bombing. Dr.Satyababu
    – Satyababu
    Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 9:26
  • They told me a few days ago that my outbound flight (around half a year from now) will be delayed by 30 minutes. Presumably to allow for increased security. But that's for folks coming from the uncontrolled outside of the airport, not transfers. Commented Jul 4, 2016 at 20:14

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I have no first-hand information but this is what I can gather online:

  • Turkish Airlines currently has the following in their website, which you already know:

Flight operations at İstanbul Atatürk International Airport have been restarted. We kindly ask our passengers to check the latest flight information through flight status service at our official website turkishairlines.com.

The go-to place for this kind of stuff is Flyertalk and the related thread seems to be this one. Most of the discussion is about what actually happened but I was able to find the following accounts

A lot is still going to change over the next two days until you'll actually be flying but that thread might be a good resource if you weed through the unrelated information.

As of now and as of the information the airport seems to be fairly crowded but I don't see mention of additional security measures airside and flights seem to be on-time-ish.

Safe travels!

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    Yes, that thread seems like the best bet at the moment, thanks.
    – Aleks G
    Commented Jun 30, 2016 at 19:52

Just flew yesterday. Everything In Istanbul airport is as if nothing has happened. The incident wasn't even mentioned once. And there was no security check for international to international transfer. All in all, it took us 15 minutes to get from gate 223 (arriving flight) to gate 206 (departing flight) - with three little children in tow :)

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