Photo by John Schreiber.
Photo by John Schreiber.

You can’t get to Turkey from LAX right now amid the chaos of a failed coup in that country.

The Federal Aviation Administration’s ban on all private and commercial flights between the United States and Turkey is cancelling two daily flights at LAX, according to an airport spokeswoman.

Turkish Airlines operates the two daily flights between LAX and Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport, according to Los Angeles World Airports spokeswoman Katherine Alvarado.

The FAA issued the ban in response to Friday’s coup attempt in the Middle Eastern country, in which elements of the military attempted to seize power from Turkish President Recep Erdogan.

The Turkish government said today that the coup had failed and government forces remained in control.

At least 161 people have been killed in fighting related to the attempted takeover, CNN reported.

The FAA issued a statement on the travel ban in which the agency said it is “monitoring the situation in Turkey in coordination with our partners in the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security and will update the restrictions as the situation evolves.”

—City News Service

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