Flights from Istanbul airport cancelled due to weather conditions

Several international and domestic flights from Istanbul's new airport were cancelled on Monday after weather conditions made takeoff impossible, Cumhuriyet reported

Istanbul airport, one of the mega projects that have become a hallmark of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s rule, has been the subject of criticism in Turkey since it became fully operational last year. 

Experts have said that the airport’s location on the Black Sea coast could leave it liable to severe problems due to weather conditions in the area. Several flights on Monday were cancelled due to heavy rain and storm, Cumhuriyet said.

Weather conditions have already caused a series of disruptions since the airport opened in April and a series of flights to Istanbul from various international airports have been forced to land in Çorlu airport, 60 miles west of the Istanbul airport.