As of 1st March Turkish Cargo has raised the number of its weekly flights to two. The cargo carrier subsidiary of Turkish Airlines sees significant potential in the Hungarian market and plans further expansion of capacity and frequency.
The freighter edition of Airbus A310 of Turkish Airlines with 33 tons of goods on board has arrived to Budapest at 2:30 pm, half-hour earlier than the schedule. From now on, the Turkish aircraft will be a regular guest at Budapest Airport also on Thursday afternoons beside Saturday morning. It may change with permission to Thursday-Sunday flights in the summer schedule.
Turkish Cargo delivers mainly textile goods and electronics from the Far East to Budapest and it exports from Hungary pharmaceuticals, engineering products and electronic appliances manufactured in Hungary. The company is planning to increase frequency of their flights to weekly three, and they plan to replace the Airbus A310 to a larger one, A330F. This would mean a capacity growing from up to 38 tons to 67 tons per flight.
Levend Arisoy, general manager of Turkish Cargo in Hungary is very satisfied: “We see great opportunities and high values in the Hungarian market. Hopefully in the near future we will be able to operate three weekly flights to Budapest in addition to setting a much larger sized aircraft on this route. By 2015 we would like to operate a daily cargo flight between Istanbul and Budapest.”
Turkish Cargo has first appeared in the Hungarian market last July with a weekly cargo flight on the Istanbul-Budapest route. The airline has delivered about 1 500 tons of cargo within less than half a year between Hungary and Turkey. With this result Turkish Cargo became the best developing newcomer in the cargo airline community of Budapest Airport in 2011.