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Turkish Airlines plans to partially resume operations in June: report

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Turkish Airlines (THY) plans a partial resumption of flights from June and will take four months to return to near full operation, a draft plan seen by Reuters showed, as the economy reopens following a slowdown in coronavirus cases.

THY aims to resume 60 percent of domestic flights in June, according to the draft plan.

It plans to gradually build up the number of destinations to 99 countries in September, according to the plan, which the company told Reuters may be subject to change in line with developments.

The flag carrier, which flew to 126 countries before the coronavirus outbreak but was forced to shut down all international passenger flights, will fly to just 19 countries next month, the April-dated plan proposed.

Turkish Airlines, which carried more than 74 million passengers last year, suspended passenger flights until May 28 after borders were shut down to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

THY shares were up 0.38 percent at 0919 GMT.

Ankara has launched efforts to gradually revive the economy from late May since the spread of the virus slowed over the past two weeks. Turkey has about 130,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, the highest total outside Western Europe, the United States and Russia.

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