Turkey’s national airline Turkish Airlines will resume flights after four months of service suspension between the two countries due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Turkish Airlines schedule operated with 2 daily flights between Malta and Istanbul, connecting the two countries with 322 destinations worldwide.
The Istanbul – Malta – Istanbul service is now planned to operate with a 7-weekly flight frequency from the 1st until the 15th August. Every Monday, Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday the service will operate in the morning with flight numbers TK1369/70, while every Tuesday Thursday and Friday the service will be in the evening with flight numbers TK1371/72. After August 15, the airline will operate a five-weekly flight frequency by temporarily eliminating the flights on Saturdays and Sundays.
The national flag carrier suspended flights to 127 countries on the 28th March due to the pandemic and resumed domestic flights on the 1st June. International flights resumed on the 10th June and are gradually increasing in frequency worldwide.
Passengers having flight tickets booked until December 2020 and ticketed before the 20th March 2020 are being offered changes at zero fees and open dated ticket options. Passengers whose tickets were affected by a flight cancellation are also offered a 15% extra value travel voucher or money back refund as part of the COVID-19 involuntary schemes.
Maltese passengers travelling to Istanbul do not require a visa to enter Turkey. Passengers are not required to be put under quarantine in Turkey on arrival from Malta. On the other hand, passengers who are travelling from countries which are not listed on the ‘safe country list’ to Malta are advised to consult with the local Public Health for any entry restrictions.
Precautions to mitigate the effect of the pandemic on air travel are taken very seriously at Istanbul Airport during check-in and boarding such as fever measuring, the wearing of face masks at all times and restriction of access to terminal only to passengers holding a valid air ticket. Turkish Airlines is also distributing hygiene kits and performing air sterilisation with HEPA filters as part of the new normal rules.
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