Turkish Cargo prepares for mega hub at Istanbul New Airport
Turkish Cargo is preparing to move services from its current Istanbul Atatürk Airport (IST) hub to Istanbul New Airport (ISL). On December 31, cargo moving in the belly hold of passenger aircrafts will move through ISL, while Turkish Cargo’s freighter services will continue operating at IST.
Istanbul’s double-digit year-on-year growth at 16.5 per cent for 2017 pushed it into the top 20 international freight airports list this year, replacing Dubai (DWC) as number 20. However, IST is experiencing overcrowding due to its limited throughput capacity of 1.2 million tonnes per year, making the new, six-runway ISL with room for more than 30 wide-bodied freighters to park simultaneously, seem more pragmatic. Turkish Cargo’s mega hub at the airport will have a capacity of two million tonnes after the first phase of construction and four million tonnes per year following completion of the second phase. The hub is being designed with diversified special cargo areas that will integrate Artificial Intelligence into Turkish Cargo’s operational processes.