July 30, 2020: Turkish Airlines has been uplifting around 2,000 tonnes of pharmaceuticals using active and passive solutions every month, Halit Tuncer, cargo director South Asia at the airline revealed on this LinkedIn page.

As pharmaceuticals became the top priority during pandemic, the airline has been carrying pharma from the major hubs of India such as Hyderabad, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and Delhi. This uplift contributed to the increase in pharmaceuticals market share from 9.8 percent to 26.5 percent yoy.

On the other hand, his post read “garments business converted to PPE in the first stage of pandemic and recovered fast in Bangladesh, Pakistan, India, and Sri Lanka. We deployed our passenger aircrafts which were specially customised for cabin loading to create extra capacity.”

Hence, garments market share increased from 6 percent to 14 percent yoy.

Turkish’s perishables business involves a wide range of products in South Asia. It has carried fish from Maldives, nuts of Afghanistan, tea and betel leaves of Sri Lanka and mangoes of Pakistan and India. Thus, perishable market share increased from 5.7 percent to 18.4 percent yoy.

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