The new Mega Cargo Facility and Hub is its new home
Turkish Airways has raised the bar by interconnecting its worldwide flight network that sweeps the continents with the unrivaled geographical advantage of Turkey.
Turkish Cargo will now conduct its air cargo transportation operations in SMARTIST, the Mega Cargo Facility at Istanbul Airport.
Having moved the cargo operations to the Istanbul Airport following its opening in April 2019, Turkish Cargo remained to continue its freighter operations at the Ataturk Airport.
Since its infrastructure has now been made available entirely, the air cargo brand also moved its freighter operations to its Mega Cargo Facility by means of a relocation operation that took 72 hours.
Cessation of Ataturk Airport Ops
Having closed its operations at the Ataturk Airport by such a massive relocation, Turkish Cargo will from now on carry out all of its operational processes as based in SMARTIST, the new hub for the air cargo logistics.
“With SMARTIST, our new home, we are ready for the future more than we have been ever before,” affirmed Turhan Ozen, Chief Cargo Officer, Turkish Airlines.
“We performed approximately 30 thousand flights, 23 thousand of which were performed by making use of our freighters and 6 thousand of which were by paxfre (free of passengers), and we transported more than 4 million air cargo shipments, 2.5 million tons of which were transported from/to the Ataturk Airport and 1.8 million tons of which were transported from/to the Istanbul Airport,” he added.
New hub for the global logistics
SMARTIST, which is designed to serve as the biggest industrial building under a single roof at the Istanbul Airport, will achieve an annual capacity of 4 million tons at an area of 340.000 sqm upon the completion of all of its phases.
The facility, equipped with the smart technologies such as Augmented Reality, Automatic Storage Systems, Robotic Process Automation and Unmanned Ground Vehicles, will take the unique service quality of Turkish Cargo much further in respect of operational speed and quality.
Relocation of equipment
As part of the ultimate relocation operation, monitored simultaneously by the senior executives of Turkish Cargo, TGS and the moving company at the Relocation Control Center established at the Ataturk Airport, 160 services were performed by 50 trucks. During the operation whereby the trucks covered a over 16,000 kilometers, transporting equipment of various types, owned by TGS and Turkish Cargo, were relocated from the Ataturk Airport to the Istanbul Airport.