Aviation

Turkey repeats Aegean plans

Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar reiterated on Wednesday that Ankara would continue its energy program in the Aegean, the Eastern Mediterranean and Cyprus. 

He said, in comments cited by Greek media, that Turkey wants good-neighborly relations with Greece but noted that "a compromise on our rights and interests is out of the question."

Turkish Airlines halts domestic flights till April 20

Turkish Airlines on April 3 announced that due to the continuing coronavirus outbreak, it will suspend all domestic service until April 20.

On the heels of earlier flight suspensions due to the virus, the national flag carrier's "limited number of flights to and from 14 major cities will all be canceled until April 20," announced Bilal Eksi, Turkish Airlines' CEO.

Airports all but empty of passengers

The global airline industry is facing its worst crisis ever, with the impact already obvious at Athens International Airport, which recorded a 61.3 percent year-on-year decline in passenger traffic last month.
It only served 640,000 passengers, almost a million fewer than in March 2019, with the situation worsening in the latter half of the month.

Fresh Turkish overflights in eastern Aegean

Two Turkish F-16 fighter jets entered Athens' Flight Information Region (FIR) without submitting a flight plan at 2.19 p.m. Thursday and flew over Oinousses, in the eastern Aegean, at 26,000 feet.

Two minutes later, the two jets flew over Panagia islet at 21,000 feet.

The Turkish aircraft were intercepted by Greek jets in line with international rules of engagement.

Turkish Airlines extends suspension of global flights

Turkish Airlines has extended its suspension of all international flights to May 1 as part of measures to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, the national flag carrier announced late on April 1. 

Domestic flights have been limited to 14 metropolitan cities while all other domestic flights have been halted, Chief Executive Officer Bilal Ekşi said on Twitter.

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