Delta Air Lines announced today that is is suspending its seasonal JFK to Istanbul service was due to start next month. According to Delta,
Due to increased security concerns in Turkey, including a travel warning issued by the State Department, and weaker demand for air travel to this market, Delta has taken the decision to suspend its New York-JFK-Istanbul service due to start in May 2016. Customers can go to www.delta.com for more information on re-accommodations.
I’m not surprised that demand has been impacted by the situation in the Middle East. That, coupled with the fact that Turkish Airlines has nonstop flights in the market, and will be inaugurating flights between Delta’s big hub in Atlanta and Istanbul on May 16, 2016, likely means this market is covered. Still sad though as Istanbul is an amazing place. I’m glad I got to visit when I did in 2012.
-MJ, April 20, 2016