The decision was made due to an apparent mishandling of Turkish planes at Milan’s Malpensa airport and related complaints on the part of Turkish airline staff.
The Turkish transport minister said in a statement that Alitalia planes will only be allowed to land at Istanbul airport’s terminal C – which is situated one kilometre from passport control – until Turkish planes are afforded the use of Italian airports which are of a high standard.
He added that if the situation continues, Alitalia planes will be sent even further afield – to an airport 50km northwest of Istanbul. The carriers of other countries will also face the same fate if Turkish airlines are treated in a similar manner.
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