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October 10, 2017

Air Travel: Turkish Airlines Offers Refunds to Those Affected by Visa Dispute

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Turkish Airlines' response to the diplomatic dispute between the United States and Turkey and new flights from Finnair lead this week's air travel news in the meetings and events industry. 

Turkey, U.S. Suspend Visas; Turkish Airlines Offers Refunds

Turkey and the United States have suspended the issuance of visas over a diplomatic dispute stemming from the arrest of a U.S. consulate employee.

According to the latest statement from Turkish Airlines, the visa suspension will not affect passengers transferring to connecting flights in Istanbul. For all other passengers holding Turkish passports flying to the United States, and all other passengers holding American passports flying to Turkey through October 31, the airline will allow reservation changes to be made free of charge. Affected passengers can also opt for a refund on tickets which have not been used, or for the unused portion of a partially used ticket. Tickets can also be extended to October 31. Tickets must have been issued on or before October 9 to be eligible.

Finnair Launches Two New Routes In Norway

In flight news, Finnair has announced that it will open new routes between its Helsinki hub and Bergen and Tromsø in Norway, starting in May 2018. 

The routes will be run by Norwegian regional airline Wideroe, while the flights will be sold and marketed by Finnair. The onboard service will be based on the Finnair dual class service concept. 

Starting May 15, 2018, Wideroe will fly from Bergen to Helsinki daily on the new Embraer 190-E2 aircraft. The flight’s schedule will connect to Finnair’s Asian flights and European network. Finnair also continues to fly to Bergen via Stockholm.

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