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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has said this year’s World Cargo Symposium (WCS) will focus on sustainability, safety and digitalisation.

WCS is taking place in Istanbul, Turkey from 25 to 27 April 2023.

“Air cargo is operating at nearly pre-pandemic levels. But the way it operates has changed dramatically. This is due to a convergence of economic and geo-political forces, continuing priorities on improving sustainability, safety, and reliability, as well as emerging opportunities with new markets, technologies, and digitalisation. This year’s WCS will explore how to keep air cargo profitable while addressing these priorities, challenges, and opportunities,” said Willie Walsh, IATA’s director general.

Air Cargo’s humanitarian efforts

The WCS programme will also include a special session on the vital role of air cargo in humanitarian efforts. This session will have a particular focus on recent efforts to deliver aid to the people of Turkey and Syria affected by the devastating earthquakes in the region.

“Air cargo plays a critical role in delivering aid to those in need. The industry’s recent mobilisation to provide support to the people of Turkey and Syria affected by the tragedy is the latest example. With this year’s WCS being hosted in Turkey, it’s the perfect opportunity to reflect on the role that air transport plays so that airlines are even better prepared for the next humanitarian crisis,” said Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo.
IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards 2023

The winner of the fourth edition of the IATA Air Cargo Innovation Awards which recognises new solutions, concepts and ideas that contribute to air logistics’ digitalisation, sustainability, safety and security will also be decided at WCS.

Three finalists will be invited to present their projects during the conference. Delegates will then vote for their preferred innovation and the winners will be announced at the closing plenary of WCS.

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