Turkish Airlines Cargo Facility

Istanbul, Turkey


  • Turkish Airlines

    Project Size

  • 165,000 SM


The Turkish government is constructing a new airport in Istanbul that – when completed – will be the largest in the world and accommodate the rapid growth of its national flag carrier, Turkish Airlines (THY). With the development of an all-new airport, THY has seized the opportunity to build a state-of-the-art campus, including an air cargo facility that will support their ever-increasing cargo volumes. We are collaborating with THY on a highly efficient facility capable of processing massive quantities of cargo that will ultimately position the airport among the world’s top five busiest by cargo traffic.


We are providing comprehensive planning, architecture, and engineering services for the Phase 1 165,000 SM cargo facility, which will have a capacity of two million tons per year and feature fully automated containerized and bulk cargo handling systems. The layout allows for the most efficient circulation of both material handling systems and employees while factoring in an eventual Phase 2 expansion that will nearly double the handling capacity. We are also reviewing the third-party-designed material handling system and recommending improvements to enhance operational capacity.

Given site parameters, our design proposes a unique five-story solution divided into airside and landside areas. Cargo processing areas will be positioned on the airside in a concrete-framed structure with a dedicated cargo employee entrance. A brightly lit office complex and employee common areas, such as lockers, a dining hall, and a large masjid (prayer area), will be located on the landside in a concrete-framed structure with its own entrance.


We are working closely with THY to realize their vision of a facility that meets their distinct operating requirements and anticipates growing cargo volumes. Most importantly, we are designing a cargo center that marks the next chapter in THY’s operations, supporting the airline’s continued evolution into a leading global carrier.