Global air cargo brand Turkish Cargo is to increase the frequencies of its freighter-operated flights in order to avoid any delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The move comes despite the fact that cargo transportation capacity on board passenger aircraft has significantly lessened due to the travel restrictions across the globe and the decrease in customer demand.
The Turkish carrier will make use of its freighter fleet – described as having the largest cargo capacity in the world – is drawing up plans to utilise all the freighters in its fleet at full capacity for the purpose of meeting its home market’s demand for export, as well as the critically important foreign trade.
Turkish Cargo will also make provision for cargo transportation by making use of the aircraft available in its fleet, in addition to its current cargo freighter capacity, which almost doubled from 12 to 25 over the course of the past four years.
The airline states that, since it is aware how important the continuation of air cargo flow will be during this period, it is determined to support all the efforts made by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) in the fight against the coronavirus globally.
In other news from Turkish Cargo, the airline is to start operating direct flights to the Austrian city of Linz, which becomes the Istanbul-headquartered airline’s 90th direct cargo destination. Linz, a key industrial city located on the Danube, is Turkish Cargo’s second destination in Austria after Vienna.
The first of the Linz flights, which will be operated by Turkish Cargo two days a week on Thursdays and Sundays using both Airbus 330 and B777F aircraft, is due to commence on 2 April.
Recently, the carrier added Ecuador’s capital city, Quito (UIO), to its list of destinations with direct cargo flights.
The city possesses significant export and import potential: as well as being one of the most notable flower producers in the world, Quito is home to developed textile, metal and agricultural industries. The country’s most significant exports include coffee, sugar, cacao, rice, bananas and palm oil.