The failed coup attempt in Turkey last month has emboldened President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to crack down further on dissidents and spawned a concerted campaign to define July 15, 2016 as a turning point in Turkish history. State-run Turkish Airlines is doing its part by giving its incredible CIP lounge in Istanbul a brand new name.
Appearing in this month’s in-flight magazine–
Turkey went through a critical turning point on the night of July 15. We are still seeing the effects and consequences of this fateful night. This process revealed many things to us. Firstly, The Republic of Turkey, which has been a symbol of stability with its increasing influence in the region and the world, and its strengthening democracy, has the capacity to stand erect and will never lose this strength. Secondly, the people, who defeated this vile attempt that was aiming to undermine the parliament, its selected representatives and will, rallied upon our President H.E. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s call and underlined the fact that democracy is the best way of administration for Turkey. Moreover, the resulting atmosphere of national solidarity and unity, as well as the rekindled patriotic feelings, reinforced our high hopes for a better future. In order to commemorate this historic day, we decided to change the name of our CIP Passenger Lounge at Atatürk Airport to “July 15 Heroes of Democracy Lounge.”
So the Turkish Airlines CIP Lounge is now called July 15 Heroes of Democracy Lounge.
M. İlker Aycı, Chairman of Board, continues–
I would like to thank the government officials, our heroic people, and our devoted personnel – from apron workers to cabin crews – who enabled us to continue our operations in a matter of hours following the attempt. I wish mercy from Almighty Allah for our noble martyrs.
Recent terrorist attacks in Turkey are decimating the tourism and airline industry that has been critical to the country’s growth. Increasingly sectarian and authoritarian, hopefully the government will not aid in turning away potential tourists.
Whether named “CIP Lounge” or “July 15 Heroes of Democracy Lounge” I believe the Turkish Lounge in Istanbul is the best business class lounge in the world. I love flying Turkish Airlines and encourage you to review my recent story on Turkish Airlines safety.
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