The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has condemned the terrorist attacks at Istanbul’s Ataturk International Airport, describing it as a “cowardly and murderous act”.
IATA’s director general and chief executive officer, Tony Tyler says the Istanbul attack, and the March attack on Brussels Airport show the growing challenge of keeping landside parts of airports safe. Tyler praised the airport and the Turkish people for getting Ataturk reopened so quickly.
Tyler says: “Last night’s attack was a broad attack on our shared humanity. But terrorism will never succeed in reversing the interconnectedness of the world. The desire of the human spirit to explore and trade will always triumph over suspicion and fear.”
“That Istanbul airport is operating today is a testament to the resilience and determination of the Turkish people and the aviation industry. We stand together in solidarity-confident that we will emerge stronger and more united in our resolve to keep connecting our world.”