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Istanbul space shortage solved, says Kargosistem

[ February 13, 2013   //   ]

Turkish airfreight agent Kargosistem says that it may have solved persistent and long-running capacity shortages between Istanbul and the UK. Client airline DHL Aviation has increased its capacity and Kargosistem itself has taken the unusual step of buying capacity on an unspecified freighter carrier operating three-times-weekly to London Heathrow. Kargosistem also has the option to take space on services to Liege, and is looking at additional capacity on a second freighter operator.

The London freighter services will provide Kargosistem with additional options to connect to the networks of its online and offline carrier clients including Kenya Airways, Air Transat, DHL and Avient.

Istanbul Ataturk airport is described as one of the most slot-constrained gateways in the world, with carriers vying for the very limited amount of space capacity. A second gateway is available at Sabiha Gokcen airport on the Asian side of the city but the cargo agency infrastructure is limited and the journey between the two airports can take up to three hours in Istanbul’s unpredicatable traffic.

Kargosistem said that it had been forced to turn away valuable business over the past twelve months because of the shortage of space.

Kargosistem managing director, Demir Ozerman said: “This commitment to additional capacity will at least partially fill the gap between limited supply and our constantly growing demand; this will enable us to offer a more consistent service for our freight agent customers.”

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