Ahead of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Turkey’s national flag carrier is mounting a massive nine-day operation to bring back Turkish nationals stranded by coronavirus transportation shutdowns. 

On April 20-28, Turkish Airlines will operate 195 flights to bring home nearly 25,000 citizens back home from 59 countries as passenger flights were suspended to stem the virus’ spread.

“Thousands of citizens who went abroad as tourists, students, or temporary workers will be able to join their families by the holy month of Ramadan,” the company said in a statement Monday, describing this service as a “national responsibility.”

The flights

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