Construction of Cargo City was started in 2016. A master plan was prepared by IGA in line with necessities of the players in the cargo industry such as customs authorities, air cargo carriers, freight forwarders, ground handlers and cargo transportation companies etc. Upon sharing the master plan with all players, leasing contracts were signed and construction projects were collected from each tenant together with termination plans. Additionally, we controlled all the constructions as well as operating plans and have successfully reached the opening stage.
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 has been steadily increasing in Turkey; thus, the goal of the İstanbul Airport is to become one of the largest cargo hubs worldwide and contribute to Turkish economy.
The Cargo City within İstanbul Airport covers an area of 1.4 million square meters.
The Cargo City consists of several, significant national and international companies, which offer cargo, logistics and temporary storage.
Capacity upon completion of ongoing construction is 1.5 million tonnes. By the end of 2020 it will be 4,5 million tonnes. It will reach 5.5 million tonnes by 2028. The parking positions of the centre, which can be docked by over 29 wide-bodied cargo aircraft at the same time, are 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.
Situated between 2 runways, Cargo City is located in the aerodrome to facilitate the access of freighters. Its location also enhances accessibility of aircrafts to cargo terminal by generating the shortest possible turnaround time. The fact that it is connected to Istanbul city road system by tunnels through which loading and unloading trucks can easily access to cargo terminal area provides easy movement between landside and airside. Efficient infrastructure greatly facilitates the cargo handling process because air cargo carriers have their own aircraft parking spaces in front of the warehouses.
The Cargo City within the New Airport will house all warehouses, cold chain storages, valuable and vulnerable storages, agency offices, customs offices and all cargo/logistics operations. The As per these advantages, we expect new cargo companies in our cargo terminal.
With the completon of the 4th runway, we will have a new cargo terminal between 3rd and 4th runways