The gateways say the ‘friendship agreement’ has been penned in order to encourage co-operation and strengthen the exchanges between the two airports.
The goal they explain is possible co-operation in business development; an evaluation of on-going and potential synergies that are beneficial to co-operation and an overall improvement of the business of both airports.
Liege Airport is Belgium’s biggest airfreight hub and Europe’s 8th largest cargo airport, and cargo airlines serve more than 50 destinations directly, and weekly more than 130 destinations on five continents.
TNT Airways connects Sabiha Gokcen and Liege Airport with a daily full freighter flight, and since October 14, it is more than doubling its capacity by using a Boeing 767 freighter instead of their previous Boeing 737.
This grows the capacity of the Liege to Sabiha Gokcen trade route to 17,500 tonnes per year.
Luc Partoune, CEO of Liege Airport, explains: "The partnership between Liege Airport and Sabiha Gokcen can offer much more than just another link between Europe and Turkey.
"Because of Liege Airport’s strategic location and its minimal transit times, every corner of Europe can easily be reached in a minimum timespan. Additionally we serve as an intercontinental transit platform with high frequency full freighter traffic into Africa, the Americas and Asia."
Sabiha Gokcen offers flights to 35 domestic and 95 international destinations with 50 airlines and has seen an increase in cargo flights due to its location close to major regional industrial areas.
It was world’s fastest growing airport in 2009 and 2010 and for 10-25 million passenger airports around the globe in 2012 and 2013, and Harun Ay, cargo operations and marketing manager of Sabiha Gokcen Airport, comments: "We believe that by co-operating and collaborating more together and by building joint connections, synergies will certainly develop, resulting in positive outcomes for both parties."