Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said Turkey has so far sent 105 cargo planes of supplies to Qatar, but that it was not sustainable to maintain aid supplies through an air lift.
"It is not economical or sustainable to send normal food supplies by airplane," he told state-run Anadolu news agency on Wednesday, adding that it was beginning to send aid by ships and by road. He said that alongside food supplies, consumer durables and household goods would also be sent.
The first Turkish ship carrying some 4,000 tonnes of dry food supplies, fruit and vegetables set off from a port in western Turkey's Izmir province at dawn on Thursday, Anadolu said.
It cited the head of the logistics company delivering the supplies as saying it was expected to arrive in Doha in around 10 days.