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Full recovery of world air passenger travel may well take as long as 2023-24, as vaccination campaigns alone will not suffice to bring the market back to pre-pandemic levels, according to the chairman of national flag carrier Turkish Airlines.
Speaking exclusively to Anadolu Agency, İlker Aycı said 2021 will be a year of transition for the aviation sector.
Turkey's national flag carrier Turkish Airlines announced on Jan. 2 that flights from the U.K. to Turkey were suspended under travel restrictions due to the pandemic.
Meanwhile, the flights from Turkey to the U.K., and from the U.K. to other countries, including the transit flights, continue as planned, it noted.
Turkish Airlines will begin requiring passengers on overseas flights to submit negative PCR tests as of Dec. 30, the national flag carrier announced late on Dec. 26.
According to a statement posted on the company's official social media accounts, the requirement will come into effect with a two-day delay from the previously announced date.
Turkey's flag carrier conducted an evacuation flight on Dec. 25 from the U.K. for those stranded as regular flights were halted because of the new strain of the coronavirus.
A plane initially took off from Istanbul at noon with passengers who complied with coronavirus conditions and wanted to go to London.