Georgia-Turkey direct flights to be suspended to stem coronavirus spread

  • Turkey intended to ban flights from Georgia starting March 14, but the countries agreed to postpone the decision until March 21. Photo: Turkish Airlines.

Agenda.ge, 17 Mar 2020 - 17:53, Tbilisi,Georgia

Direct flights between Georgia and Turkey will be suspended starting March 21 as Turkey has imposed restrictions on international flights.

Turkey intended to ban flights from Georgia starting March 14, but the countries agreed to postpone the decision until March 21.

“The schedule of the flights is changing every hour as air companies are canceling or decreasing the amount of their flights due to new coronavirus,” says the Georgian Civil Aviation Agency (GCAA).

Yesterday, the Georgian government announced a temporary, two-week closure of its borders for all foreign citizens, with exceptions, to avoid the further spread of the Covid-19 virus. 

The ban will come into effect starting March 18, at 00:00.

Since February 26, 2020 Georgia has had 34 confirmed cases of the China-born respiratory infection, with one recovered and discharged yesterday. 

As of now there are 33 individuals in the country who have the virus, with 1,008 people under quarantine and 64 others at hospitals. 

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