Turkish Cargo off to strong start in 2011
Turkish Cargo carried 119,770 tonnes of cargo during the four-month period from January to April, a 21.6 percent year-over-year increase. The carrier also saw a 36.9 percent growth in cargo revenues.
According to a spokesperson at Turkish Cargo, this growth is due to an "aggressive fleet and network expansion policy, as well as a more active marketing strategy." Among other new developments, the carrier is planning to establish Barcelona El Prat Airport as a hub for flights from Istanbul to Latin America. Turkish is also in the middle of a fleet upgrade — replacing A310s with A330-200Fs — which will be complete in 2015.
This growth is reflected in Turkish Cargo's increased hold on the country's cargo market. In 2005, the spokesperson said, the carrier's market share stood at 44 percent. By the first quarter of 2011, that percentage had ballooned to 66 percent.