TIACA calls for action on European migrant crisis

TIACA secretary general Doug Brittin

THE International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) called on world leaders to work together to find solutions to the ongoing migrant crisis in Europe.

TIACA secretary general, Doug Brittin, says: “We must act together now to stop this human tragedy, and TIACA, which has in-depth expertise on global security issues, is prepared to offer its support in any way it can.

“The tremendous influx of refugees in Europe has a terrible human cost and is also impacting our members and our industry.”

TIACA says the crisis has resulted in increased wait times at border crossings at the Channel Tunnel and had a significant financial impact on European air cargo logistics.

It notes the Dutch Association for Transport and Logistics claims if controls were established across all Schengen borders, adding a one-hour delay to crossings, the cost for Dutch carriers alone would be 600 million euros a year.

TIACA says the International Air Transport Association says 30 per cent of air cargo comes from or goes to Europe, and problems have a direct impact on a major part of global air cargo volumes.