Air-freight operations are one of the major types of services provided by Turkmenistan Airlines. The cargo terminal of the Turkmenistan capital’s airport has every possibility of becoming the region’s largest logistics hub. The cargo terminal is capable of handling 200 tons of cargo per annum. It is located in the western part of the airport, and has an approach road of its own to allow faster and easier access for trucks and personnel.

The total area of the terminal is 17,174 square meters. In its territory there are: an air cargo ramp with five aircraft stands, export and import zones, two cooling premises, storehouses for keeping different types of cargo. There also provided the mail distributing center of “Turkmenpochta” State Company of the Ministry of Communications of Turkmenistan. The mail center includes mail-handling and sorting halls, engineering and other service rooms. There is an office area for Airmail and Cargo Transportation management services of Ashgabat International Airport, offices of the State Customs Service of Turkmenistan and the Veterinary Service.

Modernization of Cargo Terminal

Modernization of air cargo handling facilities is one of the top priorities for the development of the national civil aviation sector. Within the bounds of realization of this aim, a number of innovative technological solutions have been adopted at Ashgabat International Airport cargo terminal to bring improvements in the business-process.

One of them is an ETV-system (Elevating Transfer Vehicle), the cargo handling system, which includes electronic platforms for loading and unloading cargo in the terminal and on the ramp. As for imported cargo, on arrival an air-craft parks on a stand at the cargo terminal.

Loading/unloading operations are conducted with the help of pallets and specialized ground handling equipment.

The unloaded cargo is transported to the terminal, where an operator scans barcoded labels on items of cargo and the data is transmitted to an electronic data center. Then, the palletized cargo is sent into the terminal and is classified in storage areas according to specifics. When necessary, the operator retrieves the requested item automatically: the ETV-system identifies its storage location and delivers it to the loading dock.

The terminal of import cargo department has 4 loading docks. In the export cargo section, after X-ray scanning, cargo is delivered to the loading dock by forklift loaders or platforms. The operator forwards the palletized cargo to the ETV-system on a conveyor. The section also has 4 loading docks. The ETV-system delivers cargo to the ramp ac-cording to flight schedules. After the outgoing goods are loaded on dollies, their barcodes are scanned and removed from the system. The terminal has an automated storage/retrieval system for enlarged ULDs (unit load devices).

Cargo Terminal capabilities

The cargo complex is equipped with storage facilities for highly perishable commodities, valuable, medicine, radioactive, agricultural goods, livestock, etc. The highly automated technological process, cargo handling and storage systems ensure compliance with international standards and requirements.

Thus, the cargo terminal of Ashgabat International Airport is the largest and the most advanced air cargo hub not only in our country, but also in the region. Cargo operations have considerable potential for growth in the light of the Turkmen air carrier’s broader participation in the world transit and unique freight market. The transition of the Turkmen economy to innovation-based development also largely contributes to ever-increas-ing demand for freight services.

RA3 certified: TM/RA3/00001-01
Member State: Germany
3rd Country: Turkmenistan
Address: Ashgabat International Airport
Expiry Date: 02/09/2024
Activities: Freight forwarder with cargo premises, Handling agent, Air cargo only

For Export:

Total area 2 577.15 square meters
Cooling room 3 qty. each room 40 m2
Animal special room 1 qty. 32.20 m2
Plant special room 1 qty. 32.20 m2
Medicine room 1 qty. 35.15 m2
Room for valuable cargo 1qty. 46.99 m2
Cargo storage shelves 9 qty. each shelf 4 floor width 1,5 meter height 1,2 meter.

For Import:

Total area 4 524.78 square meters
Cooling room 3 qty. each room 53 m2
Animal special room 1 qty. 32.20 m2a
Plant special room 1 qty. 32.20 m2
Medicine room 1 qty. 35.15 m2
Room for valuable cargo 1qty. 46.99 m2
Cargo storage shelves 18 qty. each shelf 4 floor width 1,5 meter height 1,2 meter
Dangerous cargo warehouse 2 qty. total area 178.42 m2.

The list of techniques of Cargo terminal

1. High loader – 1 qty. 7 ton MFR. 2015 y. Trepel
2. High loader – 1 qty. 15 ton MFR. 2015 y. Trepel
3. Hyundai Forklift - 1 qty. 3 ton MFR. 2015
4. Hyundai Forklift - 1 qty. 5 ton MFR. 2015
5. Hyundai Forklift - 1 qty. 7 ton MFR. 2015
6. Smith Detection Hiscan qty. 4.
-X-ray inspection unit Hi Scan 100100V-2 model qty.2
-X-ray inspection unit Hi Scan 6040-2 model qty.2
7. Ionscan 600 Smith Detection qty 2.