Turkish Cargo has confirmed its partial move to the new Istanbul Airport from 2 March, while still operating out of the existing Ataturk Airport. The cargo carrier says it’s belly cargo on the passenger side will be handled out of the new airport while freighters will continue to operate out of Ataturk.
The carrier will utilise a cargo feeder service to shuttle cargo between the two airports – a distance of about 40 km – for RA3 certified companies and temperature controlled trucking for cool chain cargo, ADR-certified drivers for Dangers Goods cargo. Once the first phase of Turkish Cargo’s new Mega Cargo Hub at the new airport is completed later this year, the carrier will centralise all of its cargo operations, including the freighters, at the new Istanbul Airport.
The air cargo carrier, which will be carrying out its operations on an area of 165,000 sqm at Istanbul Airport during the first phase which will have a capacity of 2.0 million tonnes, rising to 4.0 million tonnes after phase two is completed.
The Mega Cargo Hub will also include 6,000 sqm of temperature controlled storage for cool chain products like pharmaceuticals and perishables, a 2,000 sqm express cargo area, a 500 sqm live animal area, a 5,000 sqm operational area for e-commerce and mail and a 1,000 sqm high security area for valuable cargo. Cargo facilities at the airport also include an ACC3 Satellite Facility.