IATA shifts World Cargo Symposium from Istanbul to Dublin for same dates

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has shifted the 14th World Cargo Symposium (WCS) venue from Istanbul, Turkey to Convention Centre Dublin, Ireland and is held on October 12-14, 2021.

The original IATA WCS event was scheduled to be held in Hilton Istanbul Bomonti, Turkey from March 10 to 12, 2020 was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Later it was rescheduled for March 9 - 11, 2021 at the same venue.

IATA global head of cargo Brendan Sullivan has confirmed the decision at Cargo Masterminds. He also said that it will be held as a physical event with some virtual elements. “But we are excited to meet face to face,” he said.

The website is yet to be updated with the host airline or any platinum sponsor, as the original event in Istanbul was supposed to be hosted by Turkish Airlines. Traditionally, all IATA events were hosted by an airline of the host country.

The World Cargo Symposium is the largest annual air cargo event of its kind that brings together key stakeholders from the entire supply chain.

Attended by airlines, solution providers, freight forwarders, airports, ground handlers, regulators, and media, “the symposium will feature plenary sessions, specialized tracks, workshops and executive summits, tackling aspects related to technology and innovation, security and customs, cargo operations and sustainability,” the website reads.

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