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Istanbul Turkey - The economic consequences of the crisis tied to Covid-19 could impact Turkish Airlines for five years, said the airline’s president, Ilker Ayci, explaining the airline’s new strategies in an interview with Turkish daily Hurriyet.
Among the immediate effects is a postponement in the purchase of about 20 new Boeing and Airbus planes, ordered in 2018 to enlarge the fleet.
Some on-board services, such as the distribution of free meals, will be cut on short-haul flights.

A cut in salaries is also likely, despite the fact that the airline said it wants to maintain current employment levels at least until next year.
Between January and March, prior to the definitive stop due to coronavirus, passengers had decreased by 20% on an annual basis.
Turkish Airlines, which in 2019 carried 74 million passengers and had become one of the top airlines based on the number of connections worldwide, plans to resume domestic flights starting June 4 and international flights starting June 10.
Turkey plans next month to resume tourism, a key sector worth at least 12% of the country’s GDP.
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