Cargo and Logistics Centre
Situated only five hours of flight away from the Europe, Middle East, Central Asia, North and East Europe, Turkey's geographical position attributes a strategic significance to cargo and logistics operations. Because of its strategic geographical position, the investments of the national and international companies continuously increase in Turkey; thus, the goal of the Istanbul Airport is to become one of the largest cargo hubs worldwide and contribute to Turkish economy.
Whilst the compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of cargo operations had increased 18.7% between 2009 and 2017, the compounded annual growth rate of air transport movement (ATM - total landing + take off movement of aircraft) increased 5.5%. The Cargo and Logistics Centre within the Istanbul Airport covers an area of 1.4 million square meters. In the following periods, bonded and unbonded warehouse facilities to cover a total of 200,000 square meters will be established to be operated under the Cargo and Logistics Centre.
The Cargo and Logistics Centre consists of several, significant national and international companies, which offer cargo, logistics and temporary storage.
The parking positions of the centre, which can be docked by over 30 wide-bodied cargo aircraft at the same time, is located just in front of the warehouses. The efficient and effective operation infrastructure facilitates the access from these locations to the passenger terminals and remote parking stands. The functionality of the structure which passes beneath the runways and taxiways through the service tunnels at the airside without being disrupted by the aircraft traffic is praiseworthy.
The cargo city within the Istanbul Airport will house all warehouses, agency offices, customs offices and all cargo/logistics operations. Furthermore, the city will consist of various service locations such as banking facilities, cafes and restaurants, a dry cleaner, a hair-dresser, PTT (Turkish Post Office), prayer areas, veterinary services, a healthcare centre, testing laboratories, etc. to provide convenience to the personnel working at the offices, besides people visiting the area for business purposes. Designed to cover a total area of 86,000 square meters, the Cargo and Logistics Centre, which is expected to have a busy circulation, will also have parking lots with a total capacity of 4,500 small and large vehicles. The Cargo and Logistics Centre will also have an alternative entrance to enable easy and traffic-free access of the passengers and employees to the centre during rush hours.