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Turkish-German carrier sees jump in international flight bookings

Flight bookings to Turkey jumped when it was taken off Germany’s list of high-risk COVID countries, according to the CEO of the popular Turkish-German carrier SunExpress.

“We believe we’ve jumped this hurdle, and our booking numbers are reflecting this trend. And so we really believe in a strong summer,” Max Kownatzki told Anadolu Agency Friday.

Kownatzki praised Turkey’s measures amid the pandemic, such as the coronavirus contact tracing HES system and Safe Tourism Certification Program as making travelling much easier.

The Safe Tourism Certification covers a broad range of safety measures in transport, accommodation, and health conditions for tourists and hospitality employees alike.

Domestic demand was relatively stable even during the lockdown, Kownatzki explained.

“Everybody had to stay home over the last couple of months, and they’re eager to get out, to go to their lovely beach or mountain nature vacation,” he noted.

The airline recently got over 150,000 bookings per week,…

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