As the dust began to settle on Saturday after an attempted coup in Turkey, tourists scrambled to find loved ones and flights into and out of the country. The chaos was expected to stretch through the weekend.
Turkish Airlines resumed service after Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, closed overnight Friday, reopened on Saturday afternoon. But some customers were told their flights were still axed, and many found themselves stuck as foreign carriers announced sweeping cancelations.
Hosam Arab, 36, was on vacation in Gocek from Dubai when clashes between the military and civilians on Friday left at least 265 people dead and more than 1,400 injured. He lost Facebook and Twitter access almost immediately after he heard of the coup, he said ― social media was reportedly restricted on Friday ― and was still sitting at the airport Saturday waiting to go home.