Glyn Hughes, head of IATA Cargo, is to leave his position in January, having applied for voluntary redundancy. He will be joined, from the cargo team, by Gordon Wright, head of cargo border management.

In a letter to colleagues, the well-liked Mr Hughes explained that IATA was having to undergo some changes. “As a result of the Covid pandemic inflicting such a devastating financial situation on the industry, IATA has introduced a restructuring programme which will see a number of changes within the organisation,” he wrote. “Quite a few positions will be lost, and some programmes will be ceased. We hope the impact on the cargo activity won’t be too great. “However, part of the restructuring has been to offer a voluntary redundancy/early retirement programme, which I and Gordon have applied for and have been accepted.”

The industry reacted with shock that IATA would let two senior cargo executives leave at a time when expertise is crucially needed to help air cargo get through what is expected to be some turbulent times. One airline executive said: “Wow. How stupid is IATA to even offer this to anyone in cargo now? There are vaccines coming, and a mess everywhere.

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