Turk­ish Cargo prepares for mega hub at Is­tan­bul New Air­port

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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.

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