Turkey is Resuming Flights to and from India

Turkey is Resuming Flights to and from India
A Turkish Airlines Airbus A330 passenger plane, Photo Credit: Aermedia /

In the pipeline are plans to boost flight operations to 40 countries

OT Staff
July 31 , 2020
02 Min Read

Turkey is all set to resume international flights to four countries, including India, from August 1, the country's Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu announced in a written statement this week. The other countries are  Russia, Kuwait and South Africa. In the pipeline are plans to restart flight operations with Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria, Kyrgyzstan, Iraq, Kenya and Uzbekistan.

International flight operations in Turkey were suspended on July 11. Now the country is planning to boost the number of international flights to more than 40 countries.

Till date, Turkey has recorded around 2,29,000 COVID-19 positive cases and 5,659 deaths. However, health officials say the recovery rate is higher than infection rates.

The country was in the news recently because of the government's decision to turn Hagia Sophia (which became a museum in 1934) into a mosque.

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The world famous Hagia Sophia, a Unesco world heritage site which had retained the status of a museum, has been turned back into a mosque. It was built as a cathedral in the 6th century, later converted to a mosque in 1453, and subsequently to a museum in 1934. The first prayers will be offered at the mosque on July 24. Many in the international community argue that Hagia Sophia belongs to humanity, that it was a symbol of coexistence, and a bridge between two faiths. . . . . #outlooktraveller #travelmagazine #travel #istanbul #turkey #travelnews #hagiasophia #unescoworldheritage #unescoworldheritagesite #unesco #ot

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The decision was announced by Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after a top Turkish court annulled the site's current status. Hagia Sophia, which has retained the status of a museum since 1934 and is a UNESCO world heritage site, was first built in the 6th century as a cathedral.

Read: Hagia Sophia's Roman and Ottoman Legacy

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