Turkish Airlines to operate hundreds of rescue flights this week

Published on : Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Turkish Airlines have decided to operate nearly 200 rescue flights this week to bring home Turkish nationals who are stranded abroad due to the COVID-19 pandemic.



According to reports, the carrier will operate a massive nine-day program to rescue Turkish citizens impacted by travel restrictions and border closures. The Istanbul-based airline plans to operate around 195 flights to bring home approximately 25,000 Turkish nationals from 59 different countries.



In order to make the rescue operations a success the carrier will deploy 100 planes from its massive fleet of 311 aircraft. However, the airlines also announced that it would be extending the suspension of international flights through May 20 as coronavirus cases continue to rise across the globe.



Previously, it was mentioned that the airline would resume international flights after April 17. The suspension has now been extended over a month as the carrier wanted to abide by a national directive from the Turkish authorities to protect public health during the coronavirus emergency.



Domestic flights remain suspended until May 1. The airline would continue to operate cargo flights and help deliver much-needed medical supplies and food products.



On Monday, Turkish Airlines said in a statement that thousands of citizens who went abroad as tourists, students, or temporary workers will be able to join their families by the holy month of Ramadan and said that it is the company’s national responsibility. Ilker Ayci, Chairman, Turkish Airlines added that the airlines will once again carry out an exemplary operation with unity and solidarity.



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