Turkish Cargo connects Istanbul and Liege with a weekly service
February 14, 2018: One more cargo airlines start its operations from Liege Airport. Turkish Cargo, a subsidiary of Turkish Airlines, will fly once a week between Istanbul and Liege.
The airline will be predominantly transporting perishable goods for the European market (essentially for France, Germany and Belgium). The freight of the Turkish Airline will be handled by Aviapartner.
Steven Verhasselt, Commercial vice president of Liege Airport, said that the arrival of Turkish Cargo confirms the strong appeal of the airport. He added, “Our strategy is very clear, priority is given to companies specialising in cargo. We transported 717,000 tonnes in 2017, which was a record for us, and we aim to exceed 800,000 tonnes in 2018. The Turkish market is very important and is ideally situated at the crossroads of Europe, Asia and Africa.”
“Our cargo company is one of those with the strongest growth in the worldwide goods transport sector. We already fly to over 80 destinations, and our ambition is to link 120 countries. We aim to join the top 5 companies in the world for our cargo subsidiary with 1.5m tonnes transported by the end of 2018, ” explains İlker Aycı, CEO of Turkish Airlines.
Liege Airport is the 8th cargo airport in Europe and 1st in Belgium and the only European airport that prioritises full cargo (#freightersfirst). It specialises in express transport, electronic commerce, pharmaceutical products and perishable goods, as well as live animals.