Turkey is rising and with the recent strides it has made in the air freight sector, it is aiming to be one of the world’s leading hubs. We track some key moves and developments that are likely to shape the cargo fortunes of this nation that has a unique vantage point of being spread over the two continents of Europe and Asia
Transportation for trade has always played a crucial role in the history of Turkey for centuries owing to its unique geographical location between Europe and Asia. Located just five to seven hours from Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia, and North and East Europe, Turkey’s strategic location is a natural advantage when it comes to cargo and logistics operations and on its journey of becoming a key transit hub for the transportation of international cargo.
olitically too, there has never been a better time for the nation. By adopting a prudent independent foreign policy, the world is witnessing the rise of Turkey as a smart regional power. Despite its current challenges of inflation, a poll looming in May, and the recent devastation caused by a 7.8 earthquake in Turkey and northern and western Syria, Turkey has in recent years wrested a place for itself on the world stage owing to its economic force and as a key player in international politics.
With the recent strides it has made in the air freight sector, Turkey is aiming to be one of the world’s leading top 3 hubs. Turkey has over 50 airports and carriers including Air Partner Inc, Atlas Global Airlines, MNG Airlines, Turkish Airlines, and ground service organizations like Celebi Aviation Holding, Havas Ground Handling Co., S Sistem Logistics Services Co. among others. Christoph Scheithe, the Key Account Manager and host of PlanetLogistics platform and ‘Joy of Logistics’ Podcast told The STAT Trade Times, “A look on the map says it all; Turkey is perfectly located. It is close to Europe and halfway to Asia. When it comes to the Americas, Turkey also offers direct flights to Mexico, the US, etc. From a transshipment point of view, they compete against the Middle East and their flagship hubs such as Dubai or Doha. With Turkish Cargo, 340 global destinations are within reach and 100 of these are direct flights which are also for cargo.”
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