Turkish Airlines will continue to operate cargo flights from Istanbul Ataturk airport for at least six months as it transitions to the city's new hub.
The Star Alliance carrier will at the start of 2019 move its passenger operations to the new airport, which was formally opened at the end of October. The airline has been operating some passenger flights from the new Istanbul airport ahead of the switch.
But it will continue to fly its cargo operations from Ataturk for at least six months, before these too transfer to a cargo terminal at the new airport.
In the interim, THY Cargo will connect belly cargo on its passenger aircraft and cargo on its freighters by the use of 150 trucks. The distance between two airports is around 28 miles (45km).
Once open, the new cargo terminal will provide triple the freight capacity of Ataturk.
Turkish Airlines is looking to add more capacity to its cargo fleet next year. The airline in November ordered three further Boeing 777-200 freighters - the first of which arrives in September 2019. It has also struck an agreement with Turkish freight specialist MyCargo to increase number of wet-leased 747-400 freighters for its cargo operations.