Turkish Cargo avoids volume declines despite Covid crisis

By Damian Brett

Turkish Cargo B777F

Turkish Cargo did not see its volumes decline in May, despite the overall air cargo market reporting a double-digit percentage decrease.

In a press release, the airline pointed to data from World ACD that showed the overall air cargo market declined 28.5% year on year in May, while over the first five months of the year demand is down by 18%.

However, Turkish Cargo said it had not experienced “any loss of tonnage on year-on-year basis” and it had increased its market share to 5%, up from 4.1% last year.

The carrier said that its performance was boosted by its freighter operations, which were able to continue to fly throughout the pandemic. It also utilised its passenger fleet.

“During the course of such process, having provided service to 90 direct cargo destinations by means of its freighters with high-tonnage capacity, Turkish Cargo made use of 32 widebody airliners during such operations while it has performed air cargo operations to more than 60 destinations, including London, Moscow, Oslo, Shanghai, Bangkok, Doha, New York and Casablanca, by employing the wide-body airliners of Turkish Airlines,” it said in the release.

The carrier also highlighted its performance in the pharma sector this year. Between February and the end of June, the airline transported 21,547 tonnes of medicine and approximately 7,000 pieces of medical equipment.

In June it operated 1,100 flights using its freighters and passenger aircraft.

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