Geography of Asia

Turkish Airlines suspends flights from UK to Turkey

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.

Tourism revenues in Cyprus fell 85% in January-October

The Cyprus tourism sector saw an 85.1% drop in revenue over the first 10 months of the year, data released by the Cyprus Statistical Service (CyStat) on Wednesday showed.

Between January and October 2020, revenue from tourism is estimated at 376.3 million euros compared to €2.53 billion in the corresponding period of 2019, recording a decrease of 85.1%.

Northern Cyprus extends quarantine until end of January

The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) has extended quarantine restrictions for those entering the country until Jan. 31 next year as part of measures against the coronavirus, officials said on Dec. 30. 

 The move was among the additional COVID-19 measures implemented by the Health Ministry.

Yemeni official: Blast at Aden airport kills 16, wounds 60

A large explosion struck the airport in the southern Yemeni city of Aden on Dec. 30, shortly after a plane carrying the newly formed Cabinet landed there, security officials said. At least 16 people were killed and 60 were wounded in the blast.

The source of the blast was not immediately clear and no group claimed responsibility for attacking the airport.