SunExpress, a joint venture of flag carrier Turkish Airlines and Lufthansa, has carried nearly 30,000 tourists to assist in repatriation efforts since flight bans were put in place to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

“In line with our commitment to our passengers, we carried out 180 special flights departing from the Aegean province of Izmir and the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya, and approximately 30,000 citizens of the banned countries have reached their homes between March 13 and 22,” Deputy CEO Ahmet Caliskan said in a statement on Monday.

The Antalya-based company suspended its flights from Turkey

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