TIACA’s 4Cargo events series will voice and mitigate various challenges of the industry

February 14, 2020: The International Air Cargo Association’s (TIACA’s) 4Cargo conferences and workshops, designed for subject matter experts and thought leaders in specialized cargo domains such as Airports, Sustainability, Drones and more were announced as a part of TIACA’s new event series. 

The feedback received through the recent membership survey confirms that 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. The new TIACA 4Cargo events will offer not only great networking platforms, but also opportunities to listen to inspiring leaders, share best practices, grow knowledge, exposure and business.

Subject for the first event: Airports4Cargo

Airports4Cargo Conference will focus on issues that affect airports and the cargo communities they support: digital platforms, excellency in handling, efficient and sustainable processes, talent management. Conference will be held on 24th and 25th of June 2020 in Brussels, Belgium and hosted by Brussels Airport; the two-day conference will be organized in conjunction with the Opening Ceremony of the new 50,000sqm BRUCargo facility on the 24th of June.

Elaborating on the difficulties surrounding the cargo industry, Steven Polmans opined: “As chairman of TIACA I am very happy to see how we are further developing the organization and steering it in the direction of delivering more content to our members and the industry. As Director Cargo and Logistics of Brussels Airport, 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 organized together with the BUD Cargo City Opening, TIACA plans to organize Airports4Cargo Conferences in coordination with the opening ceremony of a new Cargo facility.

Underscoring the opportune time for such an initiative and highlighting the rewards from the past TIACA Executive summit, René Droese, chief property and cargo officer, Budapest Airport assured: “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 50 mEUR 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. We loved it!”