PAUL BENJAMIN – DHL Express inks 60 million euro deal with third Istanbul airport

DHL Express inks 60 million euro deal with third Istanbul airportGerman express mail company DHL Express has signed a 60 million euro memorandum of understanding with Istanbuland#39s upcoming third airport operator IGA HavalimanI IIletmesi, announced DHL Express Turkey Managing Director Markus Reckling at a press conference in Istanbul on Wednesday.andldquoDHL will work together with IGA with the intention of creating a dedicated DHL logistics hub at the new airport,andrdquo said Reckling.

andldquoIt will ensure that we will have perfect connectivity at the new airport and will be able to provide the fastest and most reliable and highest quality services into and out of Turkey. This will be the foundation for developing Turkey to the next level and transforming Turkey into a regional hub,andrdquo he said.

The airport — set to open on the 94th anniversary of the Turkish Republic (Oct. 29, 2017) according to Prime Minister Ahmet DavutoIlu — has faced ample criticism, particularly regarding its location near crucial Istanbul water reserves in the northern end of the city.

Opponents of the airport argue that its completion will result in the emptying of area reservoirs that are essential to the cityand#39s water supply.andldquoI believe in a need to manage what you can manage and you need to live with the framework that you need to live with.

It is other people that decide where the third airport is and how the third airport is constructed,andrdquo said Reckling, responding to a question from Todayand#39s Zaman regarding the environmental claims made about the airport. He further stated that the DHL Express facility would be built according to the newest environmental standards.

Turkey is among the top 25 countries for the company in terms of revenue and one of the top 15 countries for DHL Express in terms of profitability, said Reckling, who also said the company tripled its investments in 2014 compared to previous years.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman