Turkish Airlines has said it has continued to prioritise safety measures to minimise the effects and spread of COVID 19.
The airline said in line with the guidelines of both local and international civil aviation authorities, all its planes are disinfected with substances approved by the World Health Organization (WHO) and aircraft manufacturers.
All surfaces passengers come in contact with go through extensive cleaning processes by a dedicated special hygiene team.
“We have taken extra measures since the beginning of the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic to minimise both its effects and spreading. Our foremost priority being the safety and well-being of our passengers and crew members,” a statement on the airline’s Website reads.
It stated that at the point of boarding, crew members monitor passengers while welcoming them on board and throughout the flight. “In the case of a passenger showing symptoms of the disease, the passenger in question undergoes a medical check with the directives of the host country’s health authority.
“During flights, the cabin air is repetitively purified with hospital-grade High-efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filters. The filtration system constantly disinfects the air of any harmful substance in the air during flights.
“All passengers are also required to complete the passenger self-reporting form distributed by the Federal Ministry of Health,” it added.
Furthermore, it explained that items such as forks, spoons, glasses and plates used during meals, are also disinfected asides the regular washing routine.
“All fabrics and devices used onboard go through an extensive cleaning process and are replaced with fresh sets for each flight.
Since the epidemic, the airline said it has increased the number of facemasks, disposable gloves, sanitizers, and other disinfectants on its fleet of aircraft,” it added.