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First Russian flight arrives in Istanbul amid virus

The first flight from the Russian capital Moscow to Turkey arrived in Istanbul early on Aug. 1 as flights between the two countries resumed amid the novel coronavirus. All the passengers, mostly Russian nationals, arrived at Istanbul Airport on a flight of Turkey's flag carrier, Turkish Airlines. Most of them were wearing masks as they passed through thermal cameras to check their body temperatures. One of the passengers, Maslennikova Dilyara from Moscow, said she came to Turkey for a 12-day holiday. Dilyara said she would travel to the Cappadocia region - a UNESCO World Heritage site-- in central Turkey after her time in Istanbul. "We're very happy to be in Istanbul," she said. Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova announced on July 24 that flights to Istanbul and the capital Ankara would resume on Aug. 1. Service to the coastal resort destinations of Antalya, Bodrum and Dalaman will follow on Aug. 10. Russia had suspended all international air traffic on March 27 in an effort to stem the spread of COVID-19 and is now implementing normalization efforts to ease precautions amid improving numbers.


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Istanbul Airport 1st to get global health accreditation

Istanbul Airport on Aug. 11 became the first worldwide to receive a new health accreditation from the Airports Council International (ACI).

"We congratulate Istanbul for being the first airport to be accredited through our new Airport Health Accreditation programme which demonstrates that they are focused on the health and welfare of travellers, staff, and the public," said ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira in a statement by the ACI. De Oliveira stressed that the airline industry had swiftly adapted to the new realities of the novel coronavirus pandemic, introducing new rules based on globally-consistent protocols.

"This will be crucial as our industry begins to restart and then prepare to sustain continuing operations, providing to passengers and employees high globally-recognized standards on health and hygiene, which will help to restore public confidence in air travel." The Airport Health Accreditation program assists airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It surveys cleaning and disinfection, physical distancing, staff protection, physical layout, passenger communications and passenger facilities. Kadri Samsunlu, the CEO of Istanbul Airport's operator IGA, said the certificate was important to make sure the aviation industry was in the finest possible position to support a strong recovery in the near future.

The accreditation is proof demonstrating greater readiness to build passenger confidence and trust, Samsunlu added. "Considering that Istanbul Airport is the world’s global hub, the award of the 'Airport Health Accreditation' certificate is also proof that our measures are all at international standards," he underlined. Olivier Jankovec, director-general of ACI Europe, said: "It is with great pride we note that the first airport to become accredited is European- reflecting the eager adoption of the new focus on the health-concerned passenger among airports across our region."


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Istanbul Airport first to receive ACI global travel health accreditation

Airports Council International's health accreditation programme assists airports by assessing new health measures and procedures introduced as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Istanbul airport has become the first worldwide to receive a new health accreditation from the Airports Council International (ACI) for adhering to health and travel safety measures.

"We congratulate Istanbul for being the first airport to be accredited through our new Airport Health Accreditation programme which demonstrates that they are focused on the health and welfare of travellers, staff, and the public," said ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira in a statement on Wednesday. De Oliveira stressed that the airline industry had swiftly adapted to the new realities of the novel coronavirus pandemic, introducing new rules based on globally-consistent protocols.

"This will be crucial as our industry begins to restart and then prepare to sustain continuing operations, providing to passengers and employees high globally-recognised standards on health and hygiene, which will help to restore public confidence in air travel." Istanbul airport has become the first worldwide to receive a new health accreditation from the Airports Council International (ACI) for adhering to health and travel safety measures.

"We congratulate Istanbul for being the first airport to be accredited through our new Airport Health Accreditation programme which demonstrates that they are focused on the health and welfare of travellers, staff, and the public," said ACI World Director General Luis Felipe de Oliveira in a statement on Wednesday.

De Oliveira stressed that the airline industry had swiftly adapted to the new realities of the novel coronavirus pandemic, introducing new rules based on globally-consistent protocols. "This will be crucial as our industry begins to restart and then prepare to sustain continuing operations, providing to passengers and employees high globally-recognised standards on health and hygiene, which will help to restore public confidence in air travel."


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Turkey's airports serve nearly 36.5 mln passengers in H1

The number of air passengers - including transit passengers - in Turkey totaled 36.48 million in the first half of this year, the country's airport authority announced on July 7. 

The month's figure was down from 94.9 million passengers in the same period last year - due to travel restrictions to stem the virus's spread - the General Directorate of the State Airports Authority (DHMİ) data showed.

The number of international passengers was 14.55 million in the six-month period.

Some 21.9 million domestic passengers traveled through Turkish airports in the same period.

The Turkish airports served for 464,297 planes - including overflights - in January-June period.

The DHMİ data showed that cargo traffic was 1.03 million tons in the same period, compared to the previous period.

The new Istanbul Airport served for 12.9 million passengers and 96,253 planes during the first six months.

In June, the country served for 2.75 million passengers, 55,814 aircraft, and 89,248 tons of mail and cargo.

The novel coronavirus, appeared in the last December in China firstly, had severe effects on the economic activities, especially in the tourism and aviation sectors.