21 Jul

ABTA statement on the earthquake in Turkey and Greece

ABTA is aware of an earthquake which occurred off the coast of Turkey and Greece in the Dodecanese region in the early hours of 21 July. A large number of aftershocks have also been recorded following the initial earthquake and further aftershocks are anticipated. The earthquake was felt in many areas including Kos in Greece and Bodrum in Turkey.

Kos Airport closed for a period this morning, but has now re-opened and is operating with some delays. Holidaymakers in resort and those due to travel should contact their travel company for the latest updates. 

ABTA Members are working hard to support customers and staff in resort and they have not reported any casualties or injuries affecting UK holidaymakers. 

Tour operators are working alongside the local authorities to assess the damage, and will make arrangements to move customers should structural damage be found to their accommodation.

Holidaymakers in the areas affected are advised to follow the advice of the Foreign Office, local authorities and their travel provider. Customers imminently due to travel to this region will be contacted by their tour operator, should it be necessary to discuss changes to their holiday arrangements.

ABTA continues to monitor the situation.