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    Turkish airports’ anti-virus steps to be certified before flights resume

    Ahead of flights resuming, Turkey is launching a certification program to show that airports are taking all necessary measures against COVID-19, according to the transport and infrastructure minister.

    “We are reorganizing our airports against pandemics such as coronavirus” during the normalization process, Adil Karaismailoğlu said in a statement Friday.

    Soon all Turkish airports will have taken a wide range of precautions against COVID-19 and other possible infections thanks to a new circular the ministry issued on the certification program, he noted.

    “Turkey will be the first country to take holistic measures against the pandemic,” Karaismailoğlu stressed.

    The move will pave the way for domestic flights to operate more safely, as they are set to resume after next Tuesday’s end of the Ramadan Bayram, also known as Eid al-Fitr, holiday, he added.

    As COVID-19 travel restrictions went into effect all over the world, commercial flights ground to a halt in Turkey.

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    National flag carrier Turkish Airlines (THY) announced Wednesday that it aims to resume its domestic flights on June 4 and international flights on June 10.

    The company had previously planned to resume flying on May 28 after cancellations due to the coronavirus crisis.

    Budget carrier Pegasus, which had already canceled international flights until June 14, said it would also cancel domestic flights until June 3.

    “We’re in talks with international organizations and relevant countries on international flights,” said Karaismailoğlu. “As a result, international flights are (also) planned to resume safely.”

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