Challenge Airlines will start flying to Istanbul, operating 2 flights a week from 25 January.

The Boeing 747 services will connect Istanbul with Liege, providing connections across Europe, the US and the Far East.

The twice-weekly flights will offer 240 tons of cargo capacity for major Turkish exports including garments, fabrics and automotive parts.

Or Zak, Commercial Vice President of Challenge Group, says, “Some 3 million metric tons are handled at Turkish airports each year. Istanbul, in particular, is deservedly making its way up the international cargo airports ranking ladder, and has long been of strategic interest to us. The airport is a fitting pioneer for our planned group expansion on the east side of the globe. Merhaba, Istanbul, and here's to a long and successful service!”