TIACA and ACI to work together to champion air cargo industry

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The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) will work with Airports Council International (ACI) to champion collaboration and efficiency, and promote best practice across the global air cargo industry.

The associations will cooperate on a range of issues while backing each other’s events, with TIACA hosting panel debates at the 28th ACI Europe/World Annual General Assembly Conference and Exhibition in Brussels, Belgium.

ACI will follow this up by working with TIACA in the lead up to the 2018 Air Cargo Forum in Toronto, Canada, when ACI World deputy director general – external affairs, Michael Rossell will take part in the opening plenary session.

TIACA secretary general, Vladimir Zubkov says: “Disruptive innovation and new technologies are reshaping airports as we know them, and it is important that air cargo continues to have a strong voice at the table so that we can meet the challenges of today and seize new opportunities for business.

“Our panel discussions at the ACI cargo forum next month will tackle a range of important issues, including the impact of e-commerce and IT-driven technologies on air cargo, the latest regulatory and infrastructural challenges, and new global trade developments affecting our industry.”

The cargo forum, ‘Winning strategies in air cargo business for airports’ will be held on Monday 18 June and includes an overview of TIACA’s Cargo Service Quality online tool, which is in the pilot stage and aims to provide airports and cargo terminals with the insight needed to optimise investments and make improvements.

Other topics at the three day event running from 18 to 20 June include how disruptive new technologies are reshaping airports; the impact of regulatory, Customs, security and trade developments on airports; and how airports can make the most out of investments in air cargo.

ACI World director general, Angela Gittens says: “The surge in cargo volumes and passenger numbers across many of the world’s airports is testament to heightened business and consumer confidence, at least in the short term.

“The world’s airports continue to be a vital link in the economic multiplier effect that aviation provides and the role it plays as an enabler for global commerce is growing. Our work with TIACA will help our member airports continue to accommodate the demands on their capacity.”