Hosted in Istanbul by Turkish Cargo, IATA World Cargo Symposium (WCS) Attracted a Great Deal of Attention


IATA World Cargo Symposium, the most prestigious organization in the global air cargo industry, took place in Istanbul between April 25 and 27.

IATA World Cargo Symposium, the most prestigious organization in the global air cargo industry, took place in Istanbul between April 25 and 27. During the event, hosted by Turkish Cargo, over a thousand aviation professionals met and discussed the future of the air cargo industry. Starting with the opening speech of Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and Executive Committee Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat, the symposium witnessed the triumphant initiatives of Turkish Cargo.

Turkish Cargo joined the IATA CEIV Lithium Battery (CEIV Li-batt) Certification Program

Turkish Cargo participated in the ‘CEIV Lithium Battery’ certification program, established by the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Turkish Airlines CEO Bilal Ekşi, attended the signing ceremony held as part of the symposium.

Following the panels, held for two days, IATA WCS 2023 continued with the gala dinner organized by Turkish Cargo.  The dinner, held at the BinbirDirek Cistern, hosted approximately 800 international senior executives. During the gala night, the orchestra of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism performed a Turkish Classical Music recital for the guests. Besides, the winners received one UEFA ticket and 2 international Business Class tickets, all complimentary, at the draw held by Turkish Cargo.

Making a speech at the gala dinner, Turkish Airlines Chief Cargo Officer Turhan Özen, remarked; “We, as Turkish Airlines, are fortunate to have Istanbul as our hub which is unique in all aspects. Being aware of this fact, we are maintaining our efforts in order to move the aviation industry forward and strengthen the pivotal role of Istanbul in the aviation industry.  We are glad to host the aviation professionals, coming from all corners of the world, here. We hope that each one of us has gained something from the World Cargo Symposium with its busy agenda where items such as sustainability, digitalization and security were discussed.”

Turkish Cargo signs Memorandums of Understanding with the aim of reinforcing the international air cargo bridges

Turkish Cargo executed a Memorandum of Understanding with DHL Global Forwarding, the international air cargo carrier, and another one with Avianca Cargo, the leading air cargo provider in the Latin American region. The cooperation agreements, executed with both air cargo providers, became formalized at the signing ceremonies held at the IATA World Cargo Symposium. Such memorandums of understanding where the resources and expertise are united, will not only enhance the operational processes, but also accelerate the potential of Istanbul to become the logistics center in the world.

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The industry press members, arriving from all corners of the world, visited the SMARTIST facility

Turkish Cargo organized a press tour to SMARTIST, its mega cargo facility, for the press members attending IATA World Cargo Symposium. Being provided with the opportunity to observe the operational processes of Turkish Cargo closely, the reporters toured the advanced cargo handling systems and special cargo areas of SMARTIST.

Being held in various cities on an annual basis, IATA World Cargo Symposium is globally accepted as the most prestigious organization in the air cargo industry. The event brings the industry leaders, airline companies, cargo operators, air cargo agents and other industry stakeholders together to discuss the latest trends, best practices and innovations in the air cargo industry.

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