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Istanbul's new airport attracts the likes of UPS, DHL and FedEx


United Postal Service (UPS), DHL and FedEx have submitted bids to lease areas at Istanbul's new airport, which will become the world's largest airport and logistic hub when it opens on October 29.
According to Transportation and Maritime Affairs Minister Ahmet Arslan, the airport is 90 per cent complete. The first stage of the new airport, which will be completed in 42 months, will serve 90 million passengers annually. It will accommodate 3,500 take-offs and landings per day, reported Daily Sabah.
Moreover, the airport will have a 25,000-capacity parking area, 143 boarding bridges and a cargo capacity for 5.5 million tons of freight.
Minister Arslan underscored that as air cargo continues to improve in the world and Turkey, Istanbul will be a centre for air cargo operations and passenger transportation.
"In order to unleash the potential of Turkey's operational and currently-under-construction airports, in particular, the Istanbul's new airport, a new legislation has been prepared for cargo and postal services. It was the result of multiple meetings and workshops held between relevant institutions and corporations," the minister said.
The legislation stipulates that the shipping and postal services will be provided by foreign and local companies that fully comply with the legislative terms.
Minister Arslan highlighted that there is no condition that Turkish partners must hold majority stakes in the logistics companies that want to operate out of Istanbul's new airport.
"This amendment will allow global shipping companies to operate in Turkey and create a competitive environment," Mr Arslan said, adding that the new Istanbul airport will be a big step towards making Turkey and the region an air freight transport hub.
Global logistics giant DHL Express Turkey CEO Claus Lassen said that DHL is preparing to establish a 42,000-square-metre operation centre at Istanbul's new airport. The new fully automated operation centre will be equipped with cutting-edge technology and green solutions.

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