Turkish Cargo carries out first air cargo transportation from Istanbul Airport

posted on 7th February 2019 by Justin Burns

Turkish Cargo has carried out the first air cargo transportation from state-of-the-art Istanbul Airport to Ankara and the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus.

The first ever commercial domestic air cargo transportation from the new Turkish hub was performed with an Airbus A321 Airbus that landed in Ankara on 4 February.

The first international transportation was carried out to Lefkoşa (Nicosia) on the same day with a Boeing 737 aircraft that left Istanbul Airport, which will transform Turkey into the world’s logistics hub with a cargo capacity of 6 million tonnes.

Istanbul Airport operator IGA says the airport will start full passenger operations on 3 March replacing the current Istanbul Atatürk Airport which will be closed for scheduled passenger flights once it fully opens and only operate freighter flights.

he €7.4 billion gateway was opened “softly” on 29 October last year by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and until now it has only been operated by Turkish Airlines who has phased in various routes.

Investment will continue in Istanbul Airport and rise to €10.5 billion once all phases are completed. In phase one, the airport will be spread over 41.5 million square metres.