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Turkish Cargo Unveils Istanbul Cargo Terminal
As we can all see, the air cargo industry is changing. The competition is getting fiercer, while profit margins are shrinking. As the global economy slowly improves, everyone’s struggling to foresee the future of the industry and adapt accordingly. Turkish Cargo, the air freight arm of Turkish Airlines, is currently ahead of the pack with incredibly fast growth, a modern fleet, and one of the industry’s most far-reaching networks.
The Turkish Cargo brand was established in 2004, and in the years since has won numerous accolades and become one of the world’s fastest growing cargo airlines. Since 2008, the airline’s cargo volumes have more than tripled from 199,000 tons to 666,000 tons in 2014. Turkish is projected to grow even more this year, with expected tonnage of 775,000 tons. Its network is also one of the strongest in the world, with 274 destinations – the most of any airline. The Turkish network includes 50 freighter destinations as well, and more destinations are being added consistently.
In response to rising demand and increasing volumes, Turkish Cargo has recently made its biggest move yet. At the start of 2015, Turkish Cargo opened an ultramodern cargo terminal in Istanbul that targeted to be the greatest air freight hub in Europe. With its unbeatable location, Turkish Cargo’s new terminal at Ataturk Airport makes it speedy and simple to reach key locations in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Turkish Cargo is combining its own top-notch cargo terminal, built to the highest standards using the latest in warehouse technology, with an amazing central location – transforming Istanbul into a major global air cargo hub.
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Turkish Cargo’s new facility offers a number of significant improvements, from increased capacity to cutting edge infrastructure and technology to improved operational efficiency. The terminal has been expanded 150 percent and boasts a total floor area (airside and landside) of 71,000 sqm and an impressive annual tonnage capacity of 1.2 million sqm.
To accommodate growing volumes, Turkish has taken care to construct a large and modern cargo admission area, which substantially improves the efficiency of this step. Cargo admission and delivery are executed through 53 gates, with certain gates dedicated to handling special cargo. Movable dock levelers are also available to facilitate loading from vehicles of different types and sizes. Additionally, the vehicle admission area is 42 m wide, which minimizes the potential for any traffic and maneuvering issues. Cargo build-up and break-down processes have also been improved with 2.5 times more workstations than before.
The warehouse offers 43,000 sqm of closed storage area. Import and export rack capacity is 2.5 times larger than before. Turkish has installed an advanced racking system which allows capacity to be multiplied by six. ULD storage has been improved as well, with 700 sqm allocated and capacity doubled.
Of course, some types of cargo, like food and medicine, have special storage needs and can’t be kept in a general storage area with other types of goods. Whether they are hazardous, extremely valuable or highly sensitive, these products have to be stored in areas designed especially for them. To meet the stringent needs of key niches like the pharmaceutical or chemical industries, Turkish Cargo has increased their capacity for special cargo threefold by allocating 3,000 sqm of space for a total of 39 separate special storage areas. The rooms are designed at four different temperature ranges for nine different types of cargo which include cold storage, live animals, dangerous goods, vulnerable cargo, valuable cargo and radioactive substances.
When it comes to warehousing, capacity and location are paramount, but another key priority is security – which Turkish Cargo takes very seriously. Customers can rest assured that their cargo will be secure in Turkish Cargo’s hands, as all parts of the facility, including open areas airside and landside, are under surveillance at all times. 330 cameras, operating and recording 24/7, are installed throughout the terminal. From special cargo areas to offices, every inch of the terminal is secure.