Turkish Airlines Will Now Fly To Just Four Countries

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As the current coronavirus pandemic ravages airlines around the globe, Turkish Airlines has decided to cut most of its international destinations and just fly to four counties. The only destinations to continue to be served by what was once the world’s most well-connected airline are Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Moscow, Russia, Hong Kong, China, and both New York and  Washington in the United States.

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Turkish Airlines will now fly to just five international destinations. Photo: Getty

Prior to this announcement by the Istanbul based airline, Turkish Airlines flew to more international destinations than any other carrier. In fact, it was often mentioned in their television commercials that the Turkish national flag carrier flew to 315 destinations in 126 countries.

This amazing number of counties served has now been slashed to just four with the airline giant suspending every international flight except the ones to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Moscow, Russia, Hong Kong, China, and both New York and  Washington in the United States.

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Turkish Airlines is now flying to just four counties

To announce the flight reduction the airline issued a statement which read:

“Due to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, flights to some countries have been suspended.

“Starting from the 27th of March, 2020 at 23:59 (UTC+3), all our international flights except our New York, Washington, Hong Kong, Moscow and Addis Ababa flights will be suspended until the 17th of April, 2020.”

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Turkish Airlines will only fly to five major world hubs. Image Turkish Airlines

While not perhaps as drastic as Dubai-based Emirates who initially announced that they would be canceling all flights before backtracking on what they had said, Turkish Airlines’ decision to cancel all but five of its international flights is one hell of a move, cutting 126 countries down to just four.

Domestic flights will continue at a reduced level

With regards to Turkish Airlines domestic flights, service will continue on all routes, but the number of flights is expected to be cut by around 85% as the airline grounds aircraft due to lack of demand.

What we have seen during the current crisis is airlines doing everything they can in order to not have to refund money to passengers canceling flights.

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With regards to Turkish Airlines and its refund policy due to the coronavirus outbreak, Turkish pro-government newspaper the Daily Sabah says Turkish Airlines Chairman İlker Aycı has decided to be generous with the airlines’ cancellation policy.

According to the Turkish newspaper, passengers who bought tickets for flights before March 20th will be able to change their tickets without any additional charges up until the end of the year.

The airline boss added that if passengers decided to postpone their flights rather than cancel them that Turkish Airlines would give them 1,000 air miles for every 10 euros of the ticket price.

Turkish Airlines wants to avoid laying off staff

Again, unlike many airlines around the world who are rushing to lay off staff, the Turkish Airlines Chairman insisted that he had no intention of letting anyone go saying:

“An arrangement can be made regarding wages … we will make the biggest cut from the top levels.”

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A Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 has been damaged on landing in Port Harcourt. Photo: Getty Images

Turkish Airlines’ ticket policy in these times of upheaval sounds extremely generous towards its passengers. However, I can’t help think that the chairman is being a little naïve when it comes to how they want to manage staffing levels.

I dare say we may well see Mr. Aycı look to amend what he has said about the airlines’ employees as it is obvious that staff will have to be furloughed until the current crisis is over.

What do you think about the way Turkish Airlines is handling the coronavirus pandemic? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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Zafar

The greatest words is saving the lower level cutting the upper level.

Hussein abdi

Let me know me idiin get flat 9 off apprill

serena

Turkish Airlines is the leader of the airline pack and is generously offering full ticket refunds for travelers that had 1 or both flights cancelled by Turkish Air for flights to/from IST from the US between 3/18 and 3/26. Thank you also for doing your best to protect your employee jobs from cutting at the top. I look forward to flying you again in the future.
Thank you

Hasnain

I have flown with Turkish airline a couple of times but never again. They are looters, they don’t reply to emails despite stating on their website that they respond with 5 working days, both times they have ruined my holiday. My first time with them they made my family and me wait at their airport for 26 hrs with no food or drinks and made us pay £50 pounds each to board the planes because we had to cross from arrivals to departuses. I gave them the benefit of doubt and travelled the 2nd time only to find out that they lost my luggage and having written to them several times, it’s been 18 months and they have not responded. This is an airline that follow no rules and zero customer service. They are absolute crooks. Avod

Hasnain

have flown with Turkish airline a couple of times but never again. They are looters, they don’t reply to emails despite stating on their website that they respond with 5 working days, both times they have ruined my holiday. My first time with them they made my family and me wait at their airport for 26 hrs with no food or drinks and made us pay £50 pounds each to board the planes because we had to cross from arrivals to departuses. I gave them the benefit of doubt and travelled the 2nd time only to find out that they lost my luggage and having written to them several times, it’s been 18 months and they have not responded. This is an airline that follow no rules and zero customer service. They are absolute crooks. Avod

Steve Johnston

Mid-April is optimistic but I guess they’ll continue to review the situation

Tony H

Ive worked in Turkey and companies do look after their staff. They have to take a pay cut but he wont let them starve. Good on him.

Sayed

Hi when you starting your flights from Mazar e sharif to Istanbul

Vasi Vasi

I’m kind of annoyed with the way announcements were worded because I had a flight out of Japan back to my country with Turkish Airlines and they said international flights would run until March 27th 23:59 UTC+3. Instead, they stopped last Saturday and I got stranded here! Now I have to wait until April 17th and hope I can get back home. But I’m glad they’re looking out for their people. :,)

sasya

I have booked the my flight from SFO to DELHI on 4th April and they have cancel the flight and they have denied to refund . This is an airline that follow no rules and zero customer service. They are absolute crooks. you can’nt reach them . all phone line from USA are dead . This is 1st time i booked ticket with Turkish Airliine after hearing lot of good feedback .
Never ,never travel with this airline .