EUROPE/CIS: Turkish adds Budapest to maindeck network

Turkish Cargo has defied the industry trend of declining volumes in the first half of the year with cargo volumes rising 22.2 per cent from 151,765 to 185,466 tonnes January-June 2011 period, compared to a year earlier.


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Turkish Cargo has defied the industry trend of declining volumes in the first half of the year with cargo volumes rising 22.2 per cent from 151,765 to 185,466 tonnes January-June 2011 period, compared to a year earlier. It also saw volumes rise 23.9 per cent June 2011 to 31,782 tonnes compared to the same month of 2010. The carrier expects t his growth to continue in the second half of 2011.

Meanwhile, Turkish Cargo has begun serving its latest freighter destination – Budapest – with a scheduled weekly A310 service between Istanbul and Budapest Airport, offering a cargo capacity of around 40 tonnes in each direction.

The freighter service will complement the belly-hold cargo capacity of Turkish Airlines’ passenger flights between the two cities, which have just increased from daily to 10 flights per week.

“Our airport is playing an increasingly important role as a cargo hub for the central eastern European market and beyond, and the addition of this new airline marks another significant step in the airport’s expansion plan,” said Christa Soltau, VP of Cargo and Logistics at Budapest Airport.