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   Vol. 21 No. 40
Monday October 24, 2022

Turkish India As Autumn Begins

Halit Tuncer

     When Turkish Airlines recently opened their new offices in Mumbai earlier this year, India’s financial capital, and in Gurugram within striking distance of Delhi, the cargo carrier sent out a strong message that India was very much in its sights for further growth.
     Here Halit Tuncer, Cargo Director, South Asia tells us all about it.
     “Turkish has chalked out plans to add to its fleet of 20 freighters with an aim to have the widest network in the world,” Tuncer said, emphasizing that India is clearly in focus for future growth.
     That thinking has been in place actually for some time and has also driven expansion into Ahmedabad.
     Earlier TK had added Bangalore.
     “India’s expanding economy and robust middle class provide a lucrative market,” Halit Tuncer smiles.

Burgeoning Cargo Business

     “India is today one of the biggest markets for world businesses. It is the world’s fifth largest economy by GDP and the third largest by purchasing power parity. India is the world’s largest manufacturer of generic drugs and its pharmaceutical sector fulfills over 50 percent of the global demand for vaccines. It’s definitely an important market for us as we serve with six stations from India.
     “We have seen a lot of incentive to bring in more aircraft capacity to help deliver this market to the world.
     “Turkish Cargo with our Mumbai SMARTIST facility provides a global center for medicine and medical product base here.
     “Pharmaceuticals have been the vital and key commodity, which has been carried by us.
     “We handle human life by transporting medication shipments meticulously within the time and temperature range, as required to the destinations. Turkish Cargo serves all around the world.
     “There is a growing list of exporters who have been using our network including UNICEF/Serum Institute of India, Lupin, Sunpharma, and others.

About Rates

     “Of course rates are of some concern.
     “Turkish Cargo has recently launched three new services branded TK SMART, TK PREMIUM, TK URGENT offering shippers choices to use our system for their product depending on the time/temperature sensitiveness of the products.
     “We are partnering with Freightos and offering upfront rates available on the web.”

Looking At Tomorrow

     “Turkish Cargo,” Halit said, “is protecting the future of our world with our effort toward enhanced sustainability operations.
     “The ecological policies that we are implementing within the framework of our business activities worldwide continue to expand for the future toward a better world for everyone.
     “As example this year TK was recognized for its efforts toward sustainability from World Finance,” Halit Tuncer said.
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