UPDATED 7:00 PM PT — Thursday, June 11, 2020
Turkey is resuming international flights after nearly three months of being grounded due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The first departure took place early Thursday from Istanbul to London on a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines. Other initial itineraries include Amsterdam and Berlin, with only legal residents of the destination countries permitted on the flights.
While airports are employing enhanced safety precautions such as temperature checks, some travelers remain wary of taking the journey.
“It all feels very different. I feel like I don’t know what to do and there are new rules for people who arrive in the U.K. , which have been implemented a couple of days ago and I have to self isolate which isn’t a problem for me. I already live on my own, but I just don’t know what to expect. I am really anxious.”
— Amal Hallak, resident of London
It is always our top priority to maintain a healthy flight for all our valuable guests and crew!
Watch the video below to learn about our guidelines for safe travel to be applied in every step of your flight.
— Turkish Airlines (@TurkishAirlines) May 31, 2020
Turkey is expected to gradually expand the number of international flights to 40 countries over the coming days.