DHL Freight opens new facility in Turkey

DHL’s Freight division opened its 38,000-square-meter warehouse in Manisa, Turkey, in response to a growing demand for logistics services near the nearby port city of Izmir. Uwe Brinks, CEO of DHL Freight, said the company’s investment, which is in the “high single-digits” in millions of euros “in order to meet our customers’ growing needs and […]
  • Nina Chamlou
  • July 6, 2018

At the Crossroads: Turkey’s key role in 21st century logistics

“The future is in the skies,” Turkey’s founding father Kemal Ataturk told the country’s newly formed parliament. Months later, in 1925 against the backdrop of a sweeping modernization campaign, the country’s first aviation oversight body, the Turkish Aeronautical Association was founded, followed shortly thereafter by a national carrier, of sorts. Aviation was so central to […]
  • Lewis King
  • October 4, 2017

FAA lifts Turkey’s flight restrictions, logistics makes quick recovery

The FAA announced on Monday that all restrictions on flights to and from Turkey in the wake of Friday’s coup attempt, have been lifted. The decision is welcome news to Turkish national carrier Turkish Airways, which would have been forced to cancel flights to the ten airports that it serves in the United States. The […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 18, 2016

U.S. bans direct flights from Turkey following failed coup

Following last week’s failed coup in Turkey, the Federal Aviation Administration FAA has imposed a ban on all direct flights, regardless of carrier, from Turkish airports, including Istanbul and Ankara, the country’s two largest cities. Both cities were epicenters of conflict as the uprising broke out on Friday and carried on into the weekend. The […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 18, 2016

Europe air cargo numbers rise in May

An ACI report released yesterday revealed that airfreight traffic across the European airport network grew by 2.8 percent in May. However, the fortunes of the EU airports were the extent of the good news, accounting for 3.8 percent of growth, while non-EU airports registered a 4.4 percent decline. Across Europe, results were mixed. The largest […]
  • Lewis King
  • July 7, 2016

Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport resumes operations day after terrorist attack

Yesterday’s attack on Istanbul’s Atatürk International Airport by suspected Islamic State militants failed to render the facility inoperable for long, with full passenger and cargo operations set to resume today. While a similar attack at Brussels Airport closed portions of that air hub for most of the month of May, Istanbul resumed service the following […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 29, 2016

New Istanbul airport to offer massive cargo facility

On the streets of Istanbul, the construction of the new airport, located near the confluence ofthe Bosporus and the Black Sea, is a contentious issue. The project is part of President Erdogan’s ambitious infrastructure development project that he hopes will bolster Turkey’s position in regional and global markets. And with Turkish Cargo growing at an […]
  • Lewis King
  • June 15, 2016

Turkish Cargo: The political question

Turkey’s geographic location makes it an ideal crossroads for the world’s air traffic, but this location has a dark side, too. Straddling two continents and bordering some of the world’s most war-torn regions, Turkey is also vulnerable to political conflicts around nearly every national border, which could have dire consequences on its ability to trade. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 29, 2016

Turkish Cargo sets sights on North America

Cargo, American-style Turkish first dipped its toe into North American waters in the 1990s, first by operating charter flights to the continent. “This enabled us to observe the market before the start of our scheduled flights,” Anlatan said. “Therefore, we did not face any problems when we got into the North American markets,” he added. […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 29, 2016

By rail and by sea… and by rail: DHL-GF’s latest Silk Road twist

Just when it seemed like the industry was getting used to a 10,000-kilometer rail journey as a commercially viable mode though which to ship 21st century freight, DHL Global Forwarding (DHL-GF) unveils a new long and winding iron road from China to Europe with an even unlikelier twist: Two water hazards. In December 2015, DHL-GF […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 9, 2016

Russia bans charter flights to Turkey

It’s been almost one week since the Turkish military shot down a Russian bomber, claiming it was over that country’s airspace, and relations between the two countries have grown chillier. Today, the tensions began spilling over into the airfreight industry. According to Egyptian newspaper Daily News Egypt, Russia has banned all charter flights between Russia […]
  • Staff Reports
  • December 1, 2015

Volga Dnepr transports sensitive satellite

Volga-Dnepr Airlines carried the Türksat 4B communications satellite  from Japan to the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on an An-124 freighter this month. Once in orbit, the satellite will improve communications in Turkey, Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Mitsubishi Electric manufactured the satellite in Japan for Turkish satellite operator Türksat AS. For shipment […]
  • Staff Reports
  • November 17, 2015

Ruslan flies portable hospital

Air charter broker Air Partner teamed up with Ruslan International to move an entire portable hospital on behalf of a Middle Eastern ruling family. The demountable, modular clinic comprised 10 individual units – a reception hall, radiology room, operating theater, dentistry unit, intensive care unit, pharmacy and medical store, and twin generators. All units were […]
  • August 7, 2014
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