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TIACA and ACI to work together to champion air cargo efficiency

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

The two associations will cooperate on a range of issues and will be backing each other’s annual events, with TIACA first hosting a series of panel debates at the 28th ACI EUROPE/World Annual General Assembly, Conference and Exhibition in Brussels, Belgium from 18-20 June.

ACI is working closely with TIACA in the lead-up to its 2018 Air Cargo Forum (ACF) in Toronto, Canada, taking place in October, culminating with ACI World, deputy director general for external affairs, Michael Rossell taking part in the opening plenary session at the event.

TIACA secretary general, Vladimir Zubkov said: “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 in-depth cargo forum ‘Winning strategies in air cargo business for airports’ will be held on 18 June and includes an overview of TIACA’s recently launched Cargo Service Quality online tool.

The initiative, which is currently in its pilot phase, aims to provide airports and cargo terminals with the insight needed to optimize investments and make improvements.

Topics also being covered at the three-day event,  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.

Other speakers taking part in the cargo forum include TIACA chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Jan de Rijk Logistics, Sebastiaan Scholte; TIACA vice chairman and head of cargo and logistics at Brussels Airport Company, Steven Polmans; and TIACA Board members Sanjiv Edward who is chief commercial officer at Delhi International Airport; and Amar More, CEO of Kale Logistics Solutions.

BeCon Projects managing director (MD), Uwe Beck; Seabury Consulting MD, Marco Bloemen; and Volga-Dnepr Group vice president of strategic management and charter cargo operations, Tatyana Arslanova; will also join the discussions.

“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,” said ACI World director general, Angela Gittens.

She added: “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.”