Emirates SkyCargo adds capacity on Istanbul service
Emirates Airline’s freight division, Emirates SkyCargo will expand its capacity on its Dubai-Istanbul service from mid-December when it begins daily, non-stop service to Sabiha Gökçen International Airport.
The added capacity, amounting to an additional 168 tonnes per week, will be deployed from 15 December 2015 and will be operated by an A330-200 aircraft with 24 tonnes of cargo capacity, the only daily wide-body passenger aircraft with bellyhold capacity to serve Sabiha Gökçen.
Flight EK119 will depart Dubai daily at 17:15hrs and arrive at Sabiha Gökçen at 20:15hrs the same day. The return flight, EK120 will depart Sabiha Gökçen at 22:05hrs and will arrive in Dubai the following day at 4:20hrs.
“Our cargo customers are increasingly looking for ways to ship their goods across the world at a faster pace,” said Nabil Sultan, Emirates divisional senior vice president, cargo. “The introduction of service to Sabiha Gökçen not only provides an additional gateway for our customers in Turkey, but it also provides quicker access to shipping lanes for businesses located in eastern Istanbul.”
Emirates SkyCargo already offers 11 weekly flights on Boeing 777-300ER aircraft to Istanbul’s Atatürk Airport. Sabiha Gökçen Airport is located 60 kilometres east of this air cargo hub.
The new flights to Sabiha Gökçen will therefore save businesses in eastern Istanbul at least an hour’s journey by truck.
Emirates SkyCargo, which began Istanbul flights in 1987, ships more than 5,300 tonnes of cargo in and out of Istanbul annually. Top imports include medicines, vaccinations, carpets and textiles.