IATA condemns Istanbul airport terrorist attack

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LAGOS, JUNE 29, 2016 – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has condemned Tuesday’s terrorist attack at Atatürk International Airport in Istanbul, Turkey.

IATA made this known in a statement issued by its Director General, Mr Tony Tyler, and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Lagos.

41 people died and no fewer than 239 others were injured after a gun and bomb attack on the airport by some suspected terrorists.

The statement said:”Once again, innocent travelers have been attacked in a cowardly and murderous act. Our thoughts are with the victims, and their families and friends.

“Air transport brings people together and facilitates both social and economic development.

“Istanbul has a particularly significant and historical role in connecting East and West. 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.”

It said that the Istanbul airport continued operation was 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. The safety and security of passengers are our top priorities.

“This tragedy in Istanbul and the one in Brussels earlier this year show that there is a growing challenge for governments to keep people safe in the ‘landside’ parts of the airport,” the statement said.

According to the statement, moving people ‘airside’ more quickly can help to mitigate risk.

It noted that the industry had a number of initiatives in place to achieve that aim and was working with governments and airports to implement them.

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