Turkey's first domestic communications satellite will be sent off into space by 2022, Turkish Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said.
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.
In the past four months, none of our municipalities prepared the infrastructure for washing our hands. They were not able to meet the sidewalk conditions of 1.5 meters width for the social distancing of pedestrians. Almost all of our 1,397 municipalities have failed according to these criteria, including opposition ones.
Istanbul Mayor Ekrem İmamoğlu has said that he will submit his plan to introduce 5,000 new taxis in the megacity to the municipality's transportation center on June 25. "We are taking the first step to attain the standards that befit Istanbul and are bringing our new taxi proposal to UKOME tomorrow," İmamoğlu said on June 24.
Commercial yachts and sailboats will be allowed back in Turkish waters as of June 1, after almost two months of bans that aimed to slow the spread of COVID-19. Turkey's Aegean coast was the birthplace of "blue cruise", a term used for a vacation spent sailing on a boat, often a sailboat.
Turkey's high-speed trains started operating on May 28 after a months-long pause in operations. While trains will operate at 50 percent of their capacity, there will not be a spike in ticket prices, Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu said.
A Turkey-based NGO that works with seasonal farmers criticized a lack of precautionary measures in fields as harvest season starts in the country. Workers have reportedly complained about a lack of personal protective equipment, as well as crowded transportation to fields despite the risk of spreading COVID-19 to other passengers.
Main opposition Deputy Chair Özgür Özel’s parliamentary question about the Presidency’s use of state aircraft was left unanswered as the vice president lacked information and redirected the inquiry to the Transportation and Infrastructure Ministry. The latter noted they had no information on how many aircraft were used by the presidency, or why.
Traffic police officers fined some 90 passengers in the eastern province of Erzurum for trying to forge travel permits. Erzurum is among the 31 cities in Turkey where passengers need travel permits to leave or enter. The 90 fines totaled some 283,500 liras (about $50,000).