The International Air Transport Association (IATA) highlighted four priorities to build resilience and strengthen air cargo’s post-pandemic prospects.

The priorities, outlined at the 15th World Cargo Symposium (WCS), which opened in London today are:

  • Achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050
  • Continuing to modernize processes
  • Finding better solutions to safely carry lithium batteries
  • Making air cargo attractive to new talent

“Air cargo had a stellar year in 2021 achieving $204 billion in revenues. At present, however, social and economic challenges are mounting. The war in Ukraine has disrupted supply chains, jet fuel prices are high and economic volatility has slowed GDP growth. Despite this, there are positive developments. E-commerce continues to grow, COVID restrictions are easing, and high-value specialized cargo products are proving resistant to economic ups-and-downs. Going forward, achieving our net zero commitment, modernizing processes, finding better solutions to safely carry lithium batteries, and making air cargo attractive to new talent are critical,” said Brendan Sullivan, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo.

Read Brendan Sullivan’s full speech