Turkish Airlines extends flight cancellations until May 20


Turkish Airlines has extended its suspension of international flights until May 20 over the coronavirus crisis.

“In accordance with the decisions taken by the authorities of the Republic of Turkey and to protect the public health from novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic…all our international flights are suspended until May 20, 2020,” reads a statement from the airline on its website.

The carrier previously said it would pause almost all international flights until April 17, but has now extended the cancellation until mid-May. Domestic flights have been suspended until May 1.

The carrier said on its website that it has waived all change fees for international tickets purchased on or before March 20 for travel booked until the end of the year.

For domestic flights, change fees have been waived for tickets purchased on or before March 19 for travel booked until the end of the year.

Both domestic and international ticket holders can rebook for a flight before February 28, 2021, but tickets can only be changed once. For international flights, the new ticket must be to the same region as the original destination. Customers can also opt for an open ticket where the return date is not fixed. See the full policy here.

Airlines around the world have suspended international flights due to border closures and a drop in travel demand. This includes Qantas, Virgin Australia, Emirates, Etihad, Vietnam Airlines, and HK Express.