Since the slump in cargo capacity earlier this year, Turkish cargo - an integral part of Turkish Airlines operations - has risen to become a significant cargo mover worldwide. Now, with 5% of the market handled by Turkish Cargo and the introduction of new and exciting technology to its operations, Turkish is solidifying its position as a major shipping business.
The rapid rise of Turkish Airlines’ cargo business has seen it take a prime position in the world’s air shipping market. Today, one in every 20 air shipments is moved by Turkish Airlines, representing a 5% share of the global market.
When the COVID pandemic hit, the worldwide air cargo market slumped. With fewer passenger planes flying cargo in their bellies, the market shrank by 18% between January and May. However, Turkish Cargo did not see any loss of tonnage on a year-on-year basis, and acted as a global bridge, preventing the interruption of the international supply chain.
Service was maintained to 90 direct cargo destinations using freighters with high tonnage capacity. In addition to this, Turkish Cargo utilized 32 widebody passenger aircraft from Turkish Airlines to boost its network and capacity. More than 60 destinations were incorporated in the network, including London, Moscow, Oslo, Shanghai, Bangkok, Doha, New York and Casablanca.