Istanbul New Airport is not only going to be one of the biggest air travel hubs in the world, it is also going to be a center of global air cargo. At the opening in spring 2018, the airport will have an annual cargo capacity of 4.5 million tons a year. This will eventually rise to 5.5 million tons in the later phases once Terminal 2 is opened. Atatürk Airport, on the other hand, only has a capacity of around 800,000 tons.
The Cargo Centre will cover an area of 1.4 million square meters, which can be extended to 1.6 million square meters. “The cargo and logistics city includes online warehouses for air cargo operators and offline warehouses for freight-forwarders, express cargo terminals, cargo custom offices, cargo agent offices, truck parking area, employee and visitor parking area,” says Chief Commercial Officer of İGA Soner Akkurt.
All cargo-related facilities are planned in the same location in order to be close to each other. The area will be far from passenger terminals and entrepôts, with air-side service tunnels under runways and taxiways. 36 wide-body air freighters can park simultaneously and carry out operations in front of online warehouses.
They will accommodate more than 300,000 square meters of online warehouses and around 100,000 square meters of offline warehouses for freight-forwarders. At the opening, 180,000 square meters of online warehouses and around 50,000 square meters of offline warehouses with custom and cargo agent offices will be ready.
Goods can reach and leave the airport by intermodal transportation. The airport is located next to the North Marmara Highway, which is the main highway connection between Turkey and Europe. Besides road access, there will be a railway connection in the airport boundary.
DHL, a division of the German logistics company Deutsche Post DHL, is investing €60 million to offer express cargo services on an area of 20,000 square meters. A memorandum of understanding was signed on March 4, 2015.