Turkish Airlines fined for violating COVID-19 procedures

Turkey’s national flag carrier has been fined by authorities in Karachi, Pakistan, for breaching COVID-19 procedures, Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported on Friday.

Turkish Airlines has been asked to pay a 100,000 Pakistani rupee ($616) penalty as well as other costs after issuing a boarding pass to a passenger without proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

The passenger had been seeking to travel to Pakistan from Mali on Oct. 15 but was barred from boarding a connecting flight in Istanbul, Dawn said, citing a statement by the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority.

The matter was raised with authorities by the Pakistani ambassador to Turkey after the passenger was left stranded in Istanbul airport.

Arrangements have since been made to safely transport the passenger from Istanbul to Lahore, Pakistan, Dawn said.

The incident comes after a video emerged on Saturday appearing to show a Turkish Airlines employee slapping a passenger in Pakistan’s Islamabad Airport.

The Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority said an investigation had been launched into the video.