Turkish Airlines grounds all but 5 international flights effective March 27

Turkish Airlines has announced it will ground all international flights, except those to to Hong Kong, Moscow, Ethiopia, New York and Washington, D.C., as of March 27, the company said.

The grounding is due to changing dynamics in the sector due to the impact of the new coronavirus outbreak.

The airline said it is maintaining flights between those five destinations to further enable transfer flights worldwide.

The carrier is unable to use 85% of its capacity, he said, since Turkey has already halted flights to and from various countries in a bid to stem the spread of the virus, while other nations have also closed their airspace to avoid risk.

Due to those precautions, the airline cannot conduct flights to 107 countries, he noted. Turkey has suspended flights with more than 60 countries.