Emirates SkyCargo Increases Operations in Istanbul
Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates, expanded its presence in Turkey when it began daily non-stop service to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport in December.
The new flight increased Emirates SkyCargo capacity to and from Turkey by an additional 168 tons per week.
The flight, on an A330-200 aircraft with 24 tons of cargo capacity, is the only daily wide-body passenger aircraft with bellyhold capacity to serve Sabiha Gökçen.
Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located 60 kilometers east of Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport, where Emirates SkyCargo already offers 11 weekly flights on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft. The new flights to Sabiha Gökçen save businesses in eastern Istanbul at least an hour’s journey by truck, as it will reduce the need for cargo to be trucked across congested city streets to be shipped via Atatürk Airport.
The daily flight will depart Dubai at 17:15 and arrive at Sabiha Gökçen at 20:15. The return flight will depart Sabiha Gökçen at 22:05 and will arrive in Dubai the following day at 4:20.
“Our cargo customers are increasingly looking for ways to ship their goods across the world at a faster pace,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president for cargo. “The introduction of service to Sabiha Gökçen not only provides an additional gateway for our customers in Turkey, but it also provides quicker access to shipping lanes for businesses located in eastern Istanbul.”
Each year, Emirates SkyCargo ships more than 5,300 tons of cargo in and out of Istanbul. Top imports include medicines, vaccinations, carpets and textiles. The airline began flying to Turkey’s largest city in 1987, making it one of the longest-running routes in Emirates SkyCargo’s network.
Emirates SkyCargo, the world largest international air cargo carrier, reported a nine-percent increase in revenue in 2015, to $3.4 billion, contributing 15 percent of the airline’s total transportation revenue.
Emirates SkyCargo uses cargo hold capacity in Emirates’ fleet of 244 aircraft, including 15 freighters and provides air cargo services to 150 destinations on six continents.
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