Turkish Cargo launches freighter flights to Moscow Sheremetyevo

Turkish Cargo THY Cargo to launch weekly freighter Istanbul to SVO service on 12 June (Turkish Cargo)

Turkish Cargo has added Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport (SVO) to its direct cargo network, with weekly freighter flights from Istanbul starting on 12 June. Sheremetyevo is considered one of Russia’s most important airports in terms of cargo activities.

Located just 30 kilometres from the Russian capital, the area is seen an important centre for Russian exports and imports.

The new services to SVO not only provide a vital export and import link for shipments to and from Turkey, but also offer onward connections to the USA and Europe – and in particular the Far East – thanks to the main-deck capacity aboard the airline’s Airbus A330-200F freighters, the airline reveals in a statement.

Russian exports will include automotive accessories and raw oil-based materials originating from Russia, whilst many inbound products will include textiles, electronics and fruit and vegetables into Russia.

Maintaining its operations from Ataturk and Istanbul airports in a ‘Dual Hub’, arrangement, Turkish Cargo increased its sold cargo tonnage by 11.6 per cent during the first quarter of this year despite a 3.1 per cent shrinkage of the global air cargo sector, according to data gathered by WACD (World Air Cargo Data). Turkish Cargo, which has maintained its seventh place on the WACD list, currently flies to 124 countries with 88 direct freighter destinations.

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