Turkish Airlines announced today that it has further suspended flights. Domestic flights are scheduled to resume on June 4th, while international flights will not take off until June 10th.
Turkish extends flight suspensions
The airline announced that flights, previously scheduled to resume next week, will return a week later than planned. Now, on Thursday, June 4th, Turkish Airlines will resume domestic flights. International flights have been pushed out even further to June 10th.
Previously, both domestic and international flights were to resume on May 28th. However, given the uncertain nature of the coronavirus pandemic, the country is eyeing a cautious resumption of daily activities. At the end of the day, May 20th, Turkey has recorded a total of over 152,000 confirmed cases, over 4,000 deaths, and over 113,000 discharges.
As of 20 May, 2020, 22:00 the current situation regarding #COVID19 in Turkey and around the world:
— Republic of Turkey Directorate of Communications (@Communications) May 20, 2020
The airline has taken steps to mitigate viral transmission onboard its aircraft. To some destinations, crew don personal protective equipment and utilize hand sanitizers. Aircraft are being disinfected, as are things like cutlery, dishware, blankets, pillows, and headphones. Passengers should also expect temperature screenings via thermal cameras at the Istanbul Airport.
Planning a return to operations
Turkish Airlines has been planning its resumption of services from June onwards. Today, however, the airline officially confirmed that it would not restart flights this month. Many airlines around the world are charting a return to operations. However, no two airlines will have the same plan.
When it comes to international route networks, Turkish Airlines had the most extensive route network with service to over 120 countries around the globe. However, the current coronavirus pandemic has obliterated that impressive schedule.
Here are just some of the international flights Turkish will start operating next month:
- Tokyo (Narita and Haneda)
- Hong Kong
- Los Angeles
- New York-JFK
- Sao Paulo-Guarulhos
- Houston Intercontinental
- San Francisco
- Addis Ababa
Domestically, Turkish Airlines will resume services to cities like Ankara, Adana, Hatay, Antalya, Izmir, and more.
Turkish Airlines will fly to more destinations than the ones listed above. If you are looking to get home and think Turkish Airlines could be a good bet, check out the airline’s website to see what flight schedules are available. Be aware, however, that some destinations have added restrictions on entry or else have instituted intense entry procedures as a result of this virus.
Some of these routes will see brand new aircraft like the Boeing 787. And, some London flights will also be onboard the airline’s brand new Airbus A350. Other services are onboard Airbus A330s and Boeing 777s. Most domestic and short-haul European services will be onboard Boeing 737s and Airbus A321s. However, some routes will see some widebody service.
Based on the international routes, Turkish Airlines is prioritizing Star Alliance hubs and major cities. Other destinations like Algiers, Buenos Aires, Bangkok, and others will not resume right away.
If your flight has been canceled, reach out to the airline to find out your options. Most likely, you will be able to be rebooked on an alternate itinerary leaving on a later date. It may take some time to get through to a representative.
Do note that these schedules are subject to change. Some governments may extend lockdown, extend bans on commercial flights, and more.
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