Turkish Airlines (THY) observed a drop of almost 65 percent in the number of August travelers compared to the year before. Domestic flights saw a smaller drop of 47.1 percent, while international flights shrank by 75.4 percent, THY said.
Turkish Airlines said on Aug. 26 that they would no longer offer pre-packaged food on flights that are shorter than two hours. The flagship carrier has observed unprecedented losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hundreds of tourists arrived in Turkey from Moscow on Aug. 10, the first day of Russian flights into Turkish vacation hubs since the pause in operations due to COVID-19. Moscow had restarted flights to Istanbul and Ankara on Aug. 1.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said that more than 200,000 passengers arrived in Turkey during the month of June, when Turkish Airlines recommenced international flights. The minister failed to answer a question about layoffs within the country's flagship carrier.
More than 10,000 tourists arrived in the Mediterranean beach town of Antalya on July 19. The number hints that business in Turkey's touristic hub is picking back up after months of COVID-19 closures.
Turkey will be resuming flights to and from Russia as of July 15. The country is the latest addition to a list of 31 others that Ankara allows travels to.
Turkey's Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu refuted claims that a pandemic hospital that was built in Istanbul's Atatürk Airport had damaged the runways. The minister claimed that the equipment didn't interrupt operations and that the only way a plane would land in the airport was in an emergency.
Turkish Airlines will be resuming flights to the United States on June 19 after months of COVID-19 restrictions. The flagship carrier will start with three weekly flights to Chicago, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles.
Turkish Airlines' president said that the airline's sub-company AnadoluJet would resume international flights on June 11. The flagship carrier began domestic flights on June 1.
Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu has said that all Turkish airports have been "certified" to show that they have taken the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. "In addition to six airports that were previously certified, 47 more airports have become entitled to carry the certificate of 'airworthy' as of today," Karaismailoğlu said on June 5.
Turkey's Transport Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu has said that the country is planning to gradually resume international flights to 40 countries as of June 10. The first flights will be to Northern Cyprus, Bahrain, Bulgaria, Qatar and Greece, and will take place on June 10, he said.
Prime Minister of the Netherlands said that travelers returning from Turkey would be placed under quarantine for 15 days, and urged citizens to avoid traveling to the country if possible. Turkey remains on an "orange list" of countries to be avoided if possible, potentially hurting an otherwise frugal touristic relationship between the states.
Turkey's flagship carrier Turkish Airlines will resume European flights on June 18, the company spokesperson said. The airline will be operating flights from 14 provinces in Turkey to 16 European destinations at first.
Turkey's flagship carrier Turkish Airlines' recovery from the COVID-19 pause in their operations can take up to five years, the board chairman said. The time of the flying cook is over, he added. THY will no longer offer food on domestic flights or international flights that are up to two hours long.
Turkish Airlines flight attendant recounts her fears of working at the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak
Pınar Öğünç writes: A Turkish Airlines flight attendant tells her side of the story and explains how it felt to work during the coronavirus outbreak until the flights were halted. "We spent the end of February to the middle of March living in a nightmare. They were even late in allowing us to wear gloves. Why? Because we needed to protect the integrity of our uniforms," she says.