May 04, 2020: Turkish Cargo has carried 4,000 tonnes of medicines and 500 tonnes of medical equipment in April. The carrier continues to carry it from different continents first to Turkey and afterwards from Turkey to Chicago, Taipei, Atlanta, Sao Paulo, Seoul, New York, and Kiev, and to all over the world.
During this critical period, it continues to act as a bridge between countries in order to prevent the disruption of the global supply chain, operating more than 900 flights in April with cargo and passenger aircraft.
It has achieved the highest growth rate among the best 25 air cargo carriers with a 16.6 percent growth rate, according to the International Air Transport Association's (IATA) freight tonne kilometres (FTK) February'20 results.
Previously ranking 8th in 2019, Turkish Cargo rose to 5th place and increased its global FTK market share to 4.4 percent, while the global air cargo industry shrank by 2.6 percent, according to FTK data, which is the measure of a flight's freight carrying capacity calculated by multiplying the number of tonnes of freight on an aircraft by the distance travelled in kilometers.
On the successful growth of the Turkish Cargo, Turkish Airlines chairman of the board and the executive committee, M İlker Aycı stated: “Just like our nation, we are a company that cannot abide losing or giving up. During these difficult days where the only thing we can do is to carry cargo, we are doing our duty to the best of our abilities while doing valuable work for humanitarian and commercial ends. The success of Turkish Cargo shows our commitment to carry our country to a central position in the world for the air cargo sector. Our geopolitical location and available means will help our country to become a more significant player in the air cargo sector following the Covid-19 pandemic. Therefore, we will be marching with surer footing towards our goal of making Turkish Cargo one of the top five air cargo brands in the world by 2023.”
Turkey’s flag carrier continues its operations 24/7 in order to keep the global supply chain intact by carrying food, relief supplies, masks, medical equipment and medicines during the global pandemic.
Turkish Cargo is providing air cargo services with 25 high-capacity freighters to 90 direct cargo destinations, while also reaching 38 destinations, including London, Moscow, Cairo, Shanghai, Bangkok, Doha, Dubai and Casablanca with 19 wide-body passenger aircraft from the fleet of Turkish Airlines.