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7 Jan 2022


Kazakhstan: Turkish Airlines evacuates staff as protestors seize control of the country's main airport

Turkish Airlines to remove staff from Kazakhstan, 7 January 2022

Turkey’s national airline will fly its staff out of Kazakhstan soon.

A Turkish Airlines aircraft will depart Istanbul tonight for the Kazakh capital Astana. It will bring Turkish Airline employees and employees of other Turkish airlines back to Turkey tomorrow, the official Anadolu Agency reported.

The workers are stranded due to the unrest in Kazakhstan, where protests over rising fuel prices have led to anti-government riots and violent repression from security forces. Protesters took control of the country’s international airport in Almaty earlier this week.

The Turkish Airlines flight must obtain “necessary permits” before it takes off, according to Anadolu. It is unclear whether these permits would come from the Kazakh government or the protesters at the airport...