The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) announces the launch of a new event series designed for subject matter experts and thought leaders in specialised cargo domains such as Airports, Sustainability, Drones and more.
The TIACA 4Cargo Conferences and Workshops is part of the modernisation programme the association has been undertaking. The new events strategy and calendar is aimed at offering the air cargo community more opportunities to learn from success stories and shape the future of air cargo in specific areas of expertise.
Feedback received through the recent membership survey confirms members expect TIACA to play an active role in educating the industry on specific topics linked to economics of air cargo, infrastructure investments, operational efficiencies as well as supporting or leading change in the areas of sustainability, innovation, digital transformation and attractiveness of the industry, it says.
The new TIACA 4Cargo events, either in the form of conferences or short workshops, will contribute to meeting these expectations as TIACA events offer not only great networking platforms, but also opportunities to listen to inspiring leaders, share best practices, grow knowledge, exposure and business.
The first TIACA 4Cargo event will be an Airports4Cargo Conference, focused on issues that affect airports and the cargo communities they support: digital platforms, excellency in handling, efficient and sustainable processes, talent management. To be held on 24-25 June 2020 in Brussels, Belgium and hosted by Brussels Airport, the two-day conference will be organised in conjunction with the Opening Ceremony of the new 50,000 sqm BRUCargo facility on 24 June.
“As chairman of TIACA I am very happy to see how we are further developing the organisation and steering it in the direction of delivering more content to our members and the industry,” says Steven Polmans, TIACA chairman and director Cargo & Logistics, Brussels Airport Company.
“I also know from experience how important the role of airports can be or should be when it comes to air cargo. I heard many people in the industry complain about the lack of investment in cargo but at the same time, as an industry, we do not celebrate or give enough attention to these investments in case they happen. My hope is to see our industry celebrating each successes and investments anywhere in the world together and I believe TIACA is the perfect organization to orchestrate this in the years to come”.
Building on the success of its last Executive Summit in Budapest organised together with the BUD Cargo City Opening, TIACA plans to organise Airports4Cargo Conferences in coordination with the opening ceremony of a new Cargo facility.
Says René Droese, chief property and cargo officer, Budapest Airport: “We, as a rapidly developing cargo-friendly airport in Central Eastern Europe, were very happy and proud to host the TIACA Executive Summit. It was a great event with a dynamic, interesting, highly professional program, comprehensively covering the challenges and opportunities as well as the hottest topics of the air cargo industry. Our local and regional cargo community, including forwarders, shippers, and agents, had a chance to join us and get direct up-to-date information from top experts and key players in air transport.
“Combined with our BUD Cargo City handover ceremony, a EUR 50 million investment by Budapest Airport, it was an excellent networking event, one of the main highlights of our year. And our efforts investing into the new cargo infrastructure paid off already – all our cargo partners are increasing their businesses,” he adds.