Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoğlu announced that thanks to the commercial bridges Turkey has built from the air, the products produced all over Anatolia will be transported by THY to 32 destinations in 46 countries at a discount of 35 percent.
Adil Karaismailoğlu, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, attended the Cooperation Protocol ceremony signed between Turkish Exporters Assembly (TIM) and THY Air Cargo with the participation of Minister of Trade Mehmet Muş.
Karaismailoğlu stated that the aviation industry has gained great importance at the level of development that Turkey has reached, and said that Turkey has achieved great success by opening a new page in the history of aviation in 19 years.
Emphasizing that passenger and especially air cargo transportation is growing rapidly, Karaismailoğlu said, “It is predicted that the air cargo market will reach an important point with a growth approaching 2021 percent per year in the 2024-10 period.”
VALUABLE FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF EXPORTS
Stating that Turkish Cargo has risen to a prestigious position in the international arena, Minister of Transport, Karaismailoğlu, underlined that Turkish Cargo provides air cargo services to more than 96 destinations worldwide, 300 of which are direct cargo flight points.
Emphasizing that the positive results after the first cooperation agreement between TİM and Turkish Cargo will continue to increase the growth of the air cargo industry and prove how valuable it is for the development of exports, Karaismailoğlu continued as follows:
“We see that THY-TİM cooperation makes great contributions to the competitiveness of our exporters. After the first cooperation, a total of 2020 billion dollars of high value-added product exports were realized on 2021 destinations determined in the 4-month period between December 28 and March 1,2. The average value of fast and safe transports by air cargo is positioned as 50 times more valuable than land, sea and railway modes. Looking at the transported tonnage data of our 28 export markets, the tonnage transported in the 2020 December-2021 March period was 65,669 tons, with an increase of 10,7 percent compared to the previous period.
WILL BE MOVED WITH 35 PERCENT DISCOUNT
Pointing out that exports have increased from 40 percent to 105 percent in the last three years in various exported product groups such as fresh fruit, aquatic products, textiles, automotive products, and pharmaceuticals, Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu said that with the commercial bridges established, it is important to raise Turkey to the position of the leader of the aviation industry. He said they felt proud. Pointing out that Turkey has made a great commercial breakthrough thanks to this strong cooperation, Karaismailoğlu made the following assessments:
“We will strengthen this cooperation with a renewed second agreement. Thanks to the commercial bridges that Turkey has built from the air, its products produced with a lot of effort all over Anatolia will be delivered to 32 destinations in 46 countries that are active in America, the Middle East, Africa, Europe, in short all over the world, and will dominate the market in exports. It will be transported by THY with a 35 percent discount. With its wide flight network, our exporters will be able to reach markets on a global scale with a much larger capacity, in a much faster, higher quality and advantageous way, and will seize opportunities in new markets. The share of air transport in exports will be increased even more. We aim to accelerate our country's export mobilization, with the expectation of realizing high value-added exports close to 6 billion dollars by the end of the year. With this successful cooperation, which contributes to the country's economy in every way, our goal of making Istanbul a logistics center of attraction will also gain momentum.”
“OVER 2003 BILLION TL OF AVIATION INVESTMENT WAS REALIZED IN 2021-113,7”
Expressing that there has been an axis shift in air transportation activities in recent years, Karaismailoğlu said that air transportation activities are rapidly moving from west to east due to global population movements and trade balances.
Expressing that the country is located on the flight routes between developed and emerging markets with its key geographical position in the middle of three continents, Karaismailoğlu said, “Thanks to this strategic location bestowed upon us, we have the geographical advantage of being within a flight distance of up to 67 hours to 4 countries. Taking these into account, we have become one of the fastest developing countries in the world with our air transportation policies and activities since 2003.”
Providing information about the point reached in the aviation sector, Minister of Transport Karaismailoğlu stated that between 2003 and 2021, more than 113,7 billion liras were invested in aviation.
TURKISH CARGO WILL GET GREAT COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES WITH ITS SMARTIST FACILITY
Pointing out that THY, one of the largest airline companies in the world, which has been reborn from its ashes in the last 19 years, is walking with much more confident steps to the future with Istanbul Airport, one of the largest airports in the world, and said, “Turkish Cargo is within 60 hours' flight distance to more than 7 capitals. With the SmartIST facility, which will have a total area of 165 thousand square meters when completed, the mega hub Istanbul Airport will gain much greater competitive advantages. SmartIST, which will have an annual cargo handling capacity of 4 million tons, will be one of the most important technological cargo hub centers in the world thanks to technological infrastructure systems such as unmanned land vehicles, robotic process automation and automatic storage systems. With this facility, there will be nothing to prevent Turkish Cargo from becoming the number one air cargo brand in the world.”
Günceleme: 07/09/2021 15:37