Turkish Airlines plane from Iran diverted to Ankara amid coronavirus worry

Turkey shut its borders to Iran on Sunday and cut flights due to the spread of the virus in that country. (File/AFP)
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Updated 25 February 2020

Turkish Airlines plane from Iran diverted to Ankara amid coronavirus worry

  • The plane was flying from Tehran and had been scheduled to land in Istanbul

ISTANBUL: A Turkish Airlines plane flying from Iran was diverted to Ankara on Tuesday at the Turkish Health Ministry’s request, an aviation source said, and an aviation news website said one passenger was suspected of being infected by coronavirus.

Turkey’s Demiroren news agency broadcast video showing ambulances lined up beside the plane, with several personnel wearing white protective suits on the tarmac.

The plane was flying from Tehran and had been scheduled to land in Istanbul. Turkey shut its borders to Iran on Sunday and cut flights due to the spread of the virus in that country.


Gulf Air says transit open again via Bahrain for international travelers

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Gulf Air says transit open again via Bahrain for international travelers

DUBAI: Transit through Bahrain International Airport is open again for international travelers, Manama-based Gulf Air said on Saturday, though entry to the country is limited to Bahrainis and other residents during the coronavirus pandemic.
“In compliance with the new regulations issued by the Bahrain Civil Aviation Authority, we are welcoming back transit passengers through Bahrain International Airport. Arrival into Bahrain remains restricted to nationals and residents,” the airline said on Twitter.