KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26, 2015:

Security at Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport (ISGIA) and the surrounding area remains at a high level following an explosion at the airport on Dec 23, said Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB).

The airport operator said the safety and security of the airport perimeters were immediately assessed and cleared by the Turkish authorities for operations to resume in the quickest time possible.

“The Turkish authorities are investigating the incident and Malaysia Airports is awaiting the official report from them.

“The official communication channel established by the government of Turkey is the office of the governor of Istanbul,” it said in a statement.

MAHB said the airport resumed normal operations at 4am on Dec 23, two hours after the explosion, as the damage to the airport infrastructure was minimal and did not affect any of the 78 aircraft parking positions, including remote.

It said it will make further announcements as more information is released by the official Turkish communication channel in due course.

On Dec 24, ISGIA recorded a total of 544 air traffic movements and 76,367 passenger traffic movements.

“All flight arrivals and departures were running as per schedule with no cancellations.

“The number of passengers moving through ISGIA was at normal volume with 27,308 domestic and 49,059 international passenger movements recorded for the full day on Dec 24,” MAHB added.

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