Turkish Cargo has incorporated all of its air cargo transportation operations in Smartist, the mega cargo facility at Istanbul Airport.
Having moved the cargo operations it carries out by means of the passenger flights to the Istanbul Airport following its opening in April 2019, Turkish Cargo remained to continue its freighter operations at the Ataturk Airport. Since its infrastructure has been made available entirely, the air cargo brand also moved its freighter operations to its Mega Cargo Facility at the Istanbul Airport by means of a relocation operation that took 72 hours.
Having said goodbye to the Ataturk Airport by such a massive relocation, Turkish Cargo will from now on carry out all of its operational processes based in Smartist, the new hub for the air cargo logistics.
Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer of Turkish Airlines, remarked: “During the last three years, we carried out a highly substantial operation in both of our hubs. While we made use of our freighters at the Ataturk Airport, we benefited from our passenger aircraft and the paxfre capacity at the Istanbul Airport (paxfre is a cargo flight operated by a passenger flight without any passenger on board).
“We performed approximately 30,000 flights, 23,000 of which were performed by making use of our freighters and 6,000 of which were by paxfre, and we transported more than 4 million air cargo shipments, 2.5 million tons of which were transported from/to the Ataturk Airport and 1.8 million tons of which were transported from/to the Istanbul Airport.
“Now, we are gathering the air cargo operations which we have been carrying out triumphantly on ‘dual hub’ basis without compromising our service quality, under a single roof at the Istanbul Airport. Thanks to Smartist, our new home with all of its processes equipped with autonomous and robotic systems, we as Turkish Cargo, the air cargo bridge of Turkey, are now ready for the future more than we have been ever before.”
New hub for the global logistics
Smartist, which is designed to serve as the biggest industrial building under a single roof at the Istanbul Airport, will achieve an annual capacity of 4 million tons at an area of 340.000 sq m upon the completion of all of its phases. The facility, equipped with the smart technologies such as Augmented Reality, Automatic Storage Systems, Robotic Process Automation and Unmanned Ground Vehicles, will take the unique service quality of Turkish Cargo much further in respect of operational speed and quality, the statement said.
The mega facility will also highlight the inter-continental location of Istanbul and serve as a gate that is excellent for the trade between the East and the West. Thus, it will be ensured that Istanbul becomes the logistics centre in the world by directing a major portion of the air cargo traffic in the world to the new Hub at the Istanbul Airport. – TradeArabia News Service