Milliyet – Turkish Cargo, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines (THY), has commissioned a new cargo terminal in Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. Opened by Minister of Finance Mehmet Simsek, Minister of Customs and Trade Nurettin Canikli, and THY executives, the new terminal will significantly increase the company’s freight handling capacity.
Speaking at the ceremony, THY General Manager Temel Kotil pointed to Istanbul’s rise as an international flight hub and noted the airline’s enormous contribution in bringing in 12 million tourists to the city in 2014. “The new facility is a significant addition to the cargo handling and transfer capacity of Turkish Cargo, and will serve efficiently until the new airport is completed.”
The construction of a new airport, set to be one of the largest in the world in terms of passenger capacity, is underway in Istanbul’s Arnavutkoy district.
Present at the opening ceremony, THY Chairman of the Board Hamdi Topcu spoke of the company’s spectacular success in the last decade, giving passenger figures as an example. “THY carried 56 million passengers last year, up from 10 million a decade ago. We are continuously improving our service quality, receiving several awards in the process,” he remarked. The airline holds a record in the number of countries flown, with over 260 destinations on five continents.
Turkish Cargo provides the most efficient connections to the leading production and commercial centers across the globe. It has a network of more than 260 destinations in 108 countries, currently served by its 9 freighters with 48 destinations and 253 passenger airplanes.