Turkish Cargo opens new Ataturk terminal
Turkish Cargo has launched a new cargo terminal at Istanbul, as the carrier’s existing facilities had come under pressure in recent years because of the carrier’s surging global cargo business.
March 2, 2015
Turkish Cargo has launched a new cargo terminal at Istanbul, as the carrier’s existing facilities had come under pressure in recent years because of the carrier’s surging global cargo business. The new facility at Istanbul Ataturk Airport has been redesigned with the maximisation of service quality driving the new design, according to Turkish Cargo. Annual tonnage capacity of the terminal is 1.2 million tonnes.
With a total air/landside floor area of 71,000 sqm, the facility has 43,000 sqm of closed warehouse area, 3,000 sqm of special storage and 700 sqm for special cargo ULD storage. Cargo admission and delivery is performed through 53 gates with several gates dedicated to TK Plus and special cargo. Storage processes have also been accelerated and flexibility has been increased through the improvement of import and export operation areas, the carrier said. Import and export rack capacity has been expanded 250 per cent from the original terminal, it said.
The special storage areas, which have been tripled in size, are divided into 39 separate storage areas that can accommodate cargo requiring special handling such as: Cold storage (-21°C, 0°C, 2-8°C, 15-25°C); live animals (AVI); dangerous goods (DG); vulnerable (VUN) cargo; valuable (VAL) cargo; and radioactive substances. Total ULD storage capacity has been doubled to 1,200 units.