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Airline boss says Turkey now safe for all travellers

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Chairman, Turkish Airlines: Ilker Aycl
Chairman, Turkish Airlines: Ilker Aycl

Chairman of the board of Turkish Airlines, Mr. Ilker Aycl, announced last night October 19 in Istanbul that Turkey was winning the war against its peculiar strain of terrorism and the country is now safe for travellers all over the world to fly in and out of the hub and destination.

Aycl was addressing a world conference at the airline’s headquarters near Ataturk Airport with over 100 journalists in attendance. They were flown into Istanbul from all over Africa, Asia, Europe, United Kingdom and the United States.

Said Aycl, “We are fighting against a new kind of terrorism championed by a man (Islamic preacher Fethullah Gulen) living in a mansion in Pennsylvania in the United States. His people came into Turkey like philanthropists, setting up schools and doing charity.
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Journalists having cocktails before Aycl's address in Ataturk, Istanbul
Journalists having cocktails before Aycl’s address in Ataturk, Istanbul
“But on July 15 this year the same people attempted to topple the government of Turkey. They had infiltrated the military, the police, government and even here in Turkish Airlines.

“Investigations revealed over 60,000 of them in government. Only 1,000 have so far been sacked. There are hundreds of them within Turkish Airlines and we are already relieving them of their jobs, and we are keeping our environment, our operations and our country safe” Aycl said.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) also announced yesterday (just before Aycl addressed the press) its listing of the movement of Gulen also called Gulenists as a terror organization, according to Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu (published today in Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News).

In Turkey, Gulen’s followers are officially referred to as FETO – Fethullahist Terror Organization.
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Press conference addressed by Mr Ilker Aycl at the Turkish Airlines headquarters in Istanbul
Press conference addressed by Mr Ilker Aycl at the Turkish Airlines headquarters in Istanbul
Very passionately and for the most part of the three hour conference, Aycl spoke about the attempted coup, branding it as a new strain of terrorism against the government and people of Turkey. He also urged journalists to forewarn their home governments of possible similar Gulenists’ infiltration.

“What happened to us here before and during the failed coup attempt of July 15, 2016 may happen in other parts of the world. That is why, my friends, we are happy you honoured our invitation. Please warn the governments in your countries to be careful too” Aycl further explained.

When asked by two Nigerian and Ghanaian journalists why he was speaking authoritatively on the coup and perceived terrorism issues as though he was a government official rather than the Turkish Airlines Chairman he is, Aycl replied again with passion:

“These terrorists that came as philanthropists spent tens of billions of dollars to infiltrate our ranks. You must be careful in your countries too. The failed coup attempt was a direct attack on the citizens, businesses and stability of our peaceful country.

“In these circumstances, one must speak out and roundly condemn such mindless acts of terrorism. The coup affected the flights, operations, revenue and expansion plans of Turkish Airlines. So you can understand my passion.

“But we invited you all here to come and see things for yourselves. Turkey is absolutely safe now, both as a travel hub and tourist destination. Help us to tell your people back home in your various countries the same good news.”
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