TIACA to strategise on dwindling future of air cargo

TIACA Executive Summit to be held in Budapest from November 19 to November 21.

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) is organising a series of executive working sessions to discuss innovation and challenges to improve cross-discipline collaboration and discuss on key issues to improve the future of air cargo.

The discussions have come in the wake of global trade slowdown affecting logistics industry. Vladimir Zubkov, TIACA Secretary General said: “We know that the logistics industry as a whole is siloed, and air cargo is no exception.”

The sessions will be held at TIACA’s Executive Summit (ES) to be held from November 19 to November 21. The event is hosted by Budapest Airport.

Turhan Ozen, Turkish Airlines, Pascal Belanger, Winnipeg Airports Authority, Dr. Khalfan Al Shuelili, Oman Aviation, Neel Shah Jones, Flexport, and Dennis Choumert, European Shippers Council will lead the debate on the opening day of TIACA’s ES.

“It is important for individual members who are active in the same area to innovate the way they collaborate, to discuss and solve industry specific topics – that’s why we organize these specialized sessions,” said Zubkov.

In a move to rope in different players of the logistical chain, TIACA on the second day of the summit will feature reports from the working sessions which will bring the different players together to explore new solutions and opportunities for the future of air cargo.

According to the association, any TIACA members who are only active in one part of the logistical chain, are not always aware of the issues faced by other stakeholders. Therefore the reports will be brought in.

Airlines, airports, cargo handling, freight forwarders and shippers will be the focus of the working sessions, and session moderators will present their findings to the ES audience.

TIACA will prepare the conclusions of five roundtables into the Summit, and the Board chairman, Steven Polmans, will make a summary which will help create future TIACA strategy.

Hundreds of aviation experts will take part in the Executive Summit (ES) which will feature sessions and workshops that will keep attendees up to date with all the latest industry developments including e-commerce, drone technology, and global economic issues.

“We are organising these discussions to give members the opportunity to work in subgroups but also, as an organization, to better understand the needs and requirements of these subgroups,” added Zubkov.

The Executive Summit will also host TIACA’s Sustainability Award presentations, where finalists will showcase their entries to judges. The winner of the award shall receive $15,000 to go to a project or initiative that addresses issues relating to sustainability in air freight. Two runners up will also receive $3,500 in prize money. A highlight of the ES will be the Hall of Fame Awards ceremony, which honors one outstanding individual who has made significant contributions to shaping and developing the air cargo industry.

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