26 March 2020
ISTANBUL, Turkey: As the global repercussions of the unprecedented situation caused by COVID-19 outbreak continues, Turkish Cargo, the global brand with the world’s sixth largest cargo capacity, has started to operate cargo flights with Turkish Airlines’ passenger aircrafts in addition to its flights with 25 high capacity freighters in order to prevent any mishaps in the supply chain and carry the medical cargo that are of vital importance.
Flying the first of the cargo flights operated with a passenger aircraft on 20 March with a B777 type on Istanbul-Kiev route, Turkish Cargo is to operate cargo flights to Bucharest (OTP), Tel Aviv (TLV), Amsterdam (AMS), London (LHR), Paris (CDG), Amman (AMM), Beirut (BEY), and Dubai (DWC/DXB), thus adding an 5 thousand tonnes of additional capacity.
During these times with global repercussions and national challenge, Turkish Cargo continues its mission to act as an ‘air bridge’ that transports the much-needed medicine and medical equipment to Turkey from across the world and from Turkey to the countries that need them. With that in mind global cargo carrier already started to carry the rapid test kits that can give results in 15 minutes to Turkey from China.
In this crucial process, Turkish Cargo added 14.500 tonnes of extra capacity from and to Turkey with additional 167 cargo flights. By adjusting to the rapidly changing situation and maintaining its commitment to provide additional capacity, global cargo carrier will contribute to the continuation of the supply chain while doing its duty during these challenging times by standing with its nation as the flag carrier.