I started looking around the cabin for clues. Why on Earth are we landing? Technical fault was my first guess. The plane had arrived late in Pafos and we took off shortly after. Were all checks in a rush? I looked outside. We were clearly descending as we were not over clouds as one would expect. Looking at the water and land formations.underneath and doing the calculations I already had a suspicion as to where we were. Crap.
And it started becoming clearer. Neon lights and tourist resort features. Oh please don't let this be Ercan. I imagine landing in Ercan would require descending initiation off Kyrenia. I was overthinking. And then short skyscrapers/high buildings appeared clearly. One would be enough to exclude any Greek island, a handful to exclude Kyrenia, this many to exclude any Greek city and any non-major city this side of the world. Hello Istanbul.