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Air Cargo Forum 2014: Industry to focus on global collaboration and innovation

We’re now only a fortnight away from the start of Air Cargo Forum 2014 – one of the key industry gatherings which is set to attract senior executives from across the air cargo spectrum.

The biennial showcase – hosted in Seoul from October 7-9 – will bring together all sections of the industry including cargo airlines, air cargo charter specialists, freight forwarders, general sales agents, and airports from around the globe.

The conference agenda has been designed to focus on global collaboration, innovation and out-of-the-box thinking – while addressing some of the toughest issues facing the air cargo industry today.

In what is a constantly changing marketplace, challenges include ongoing issues surrounding overcapacity, as well as the shift away from more mature markets towards developing markets.

Last week IATA issued its quarterly market analysis , stating that while air freight volumes continue to show solid gains on a year ago, high jet fuel prices and overall weakness in yields kept cargo financial performance from improving so far this year.

However, there remain some positives too. Business confidence continues to point to expansion, and cargo heads expect growth in traffic and yields to pick-up during the year ahead.

Opportunities will always exist, but it’s about finding the right niche and adding real value to the market, as well as coming up with innovative solutions (something that Chapman Freeborn has always been firmly focused on, whether it be air cargo charters, on board couriers or 24-hour flight support).

Air Cargo Forum 2014 should provide the perfect opportunity to discuss both the industry challenges and explore future growth opportunities.

If you’re heading to Air Cargo Forum 2014 and would like to arrange a meeting with us, please contact us at cargo@chapman-freeborn.com