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Turkey has resumed domestic flights as it eases restrictions in place since March to contain the novel coronavirus.

The first passenger plane took off from Istanbul for the capital, Ankara, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu, who was on board, said on Twitter.

There were a total of 156 passengers on the Turkish Airlines plane, state news agency Anadolu reported.

Only a limited number of flights are restarting for now, from Istanbul to the Aegean city of Izmir, the Mediterranean resort city of Antalya and the Black Sea city of Trabzon.

Al Jazeera News

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