Dhaka: Turkish Airlines has extended its suspension of all international flights until May 1 in efforts to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, the national flag carrier announced on April 1.
The airline also limited its domestic operations to 14 metropolitan cities - Adana, Ankara, Antalya, Diyarbakır, Erzurum, Gaziantep, Istanbul, Izmir, Kayseri, Konya, Malatya, Samsun, Trabzon and Van - while all other domestic flights have been halted until May 1, Bilal Eksi, Chief Executive Officer of the carrier said in a statement.
For domestic transportation, travel between cities is subject to local authorities' permission.
Also, passengers who are nationals of 69 countries including Bangladesh, passengers who have transited from or been to these countries in the last 14 days and passengers arriving from these countries will not be permitted to enter Turkey and the mentioned passengers should not be allowed to board the aircraft. Otherwise, they will be entered into a 14-day quarantine upon their arrival to Turkey.
Originating from the Chinese city of Wuhan in December, the virus, officially known as COVID-19, has spread to at least 176 countries and regions.
The global death toll from the virus has hit 59,245 with 1,119,744 confirmed cases and 229,338 recoveries as of today, according to https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
So far, a total of 425 people in Turkey have died from the coronavirus, the website states.