Heavy snowfall has severely affected transportation in Istanbul as flights and ferries were canceled and schools were closed by a snow storm that is expected to continue until late Jan. 19.
Meanwhile, two metrobuses crashed and blocked Istanbul traffic near Merter district, leaving five people lightly wounded. The accident occurred after a metrobus parking was hit from behind by another.
The trips towards Avcılar direction was interrupted for a short while. Topkapı – Merter metrobuses fell into a long line forcing passengers to walk.
Flights, ferries cancelled
Accordingly, Turkish Airlines and some other major airliners have cancelled 369 flights in total from Ataturk and Sabiha Gökçen Airports in Istanbul in two days, due to adverse weather conditions.
The snow also affected Istanbul's maritime traffic as Istanbul's Fast Ferry and Sea Bus Company (IDO) announced that its ferries between Istanbul and Bursa had been canceled for the day.
Meanwhile, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality released a written statement noting its efforts to combat the snow, announcing that some 5,450 personnel and over a thousand vehicles were working to keep 4,000 kilometers of road open to traffic.
“The 52-kilometer long metrobus route remained functional with 32 vehicles operating along the line. The Istanbul Electricity, Tramway and Tunnel General Management introduced additional buses while the frequency of subway rides was also increased,” the statement said.