Istanbul Airport, one of Europe’s busiest, has been closed since Monday. A limited number of aircraft can now land. According to a spokesperson, there are no plans to allow the planes to depart on Tuesday. Two smaller airports in Istanbul were less affected.
The roof of a cargo terminal near the airport collapsed under the weight of snow on Monday. The airport is one of the busiest in Europe and an important link in air traffic between Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
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The mayor of the city, which has a population of 16 million, has called on citizens not to use the roads. Local media reported that many people in Istanbul were forced to spend the night in their cars. Aid organizations distributed food. Employees of public institutions were given a day off on Tuesday, so that fewer people would have to take to the road.
Snow started falling in Turkey last week and a lot of snow is expected in Istanbul and the rest of the country on Tuesday as well. Snow fell for the first time in 29 years on the beaches of the southern Turkish resort of Antalya.
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