Abu Dhabi Airports and Etihad Cargo to co-host World Cargo Summit 2023

Published: Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Abu Dhabi, UAE—Abu Dhabi Airports and Etihad Cargo are co-hosting the highly anticipated World Cargo Summit 2023, which takes place over three days at Hilton Abu Dhabi, Yas Island, from January 30to February 1.

Under the theme ‘Embracing Opportunities and Challenges’, the event will welcome delegates from airlines, airports, freight forwarders, project developers, aviation service providers and other industry professionals, providing a unique networking platform for attendees to explore the most promising business possibilities in air freight today, as well as present, discuss and debate key industry issues.

This time around, the World Cargo Summit is held onground after two successful virtual events in 2021 and 2022, with a host of international speakers who will be providing insights, information and perspectives on how air freight players can adapt their business models to thrive in the years ahead, in addition to, exploring whether or not the industry will witness long-term disruption.

H.E. Jamal Salem Al Dhaheri, CEO & Managing Director, Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “We are proud and privileged to be hosting this important, influential event alongside Etihad Cargo. The event provides all stakeholders with the perfect platform to come together and explore opportunities. It also lays the foundations for sustainable air freight growth and development, and establishes the most prudent avenues for overcoming barriers to advancement. The World Cargo Summit is the perfect occasion for accelerating progress in this direction. We look forward to the event as we take the next strides forward on route to realising our long-term objectives whilst reinforcing Abu Dhabi and the UAE’s position as a leading regional and international air cargo hub.”

With over 350 delegates from over 35 countries attending the World Cargo Summit 2023, Abu Dhabi Airports alongside co-hosts Etihad Cargo will explore opportunities with investors and further develop an industry now crucial to regional and global trade activities. Abu Dhabi Airports’ commitment to driving air freight development was most recently showcased with the completion of its Cargo Village and Terminal rehabilitation project.

In partnership with Etihad Cargo and Etihad Airport Services, the company re-launched these facilities with vital new infrastructure, including a state-of-the-art 3,000 sqm pharmaceutical cool chain facility at Abu Dhabi International (AUH). This facility has doubled the airport’s cool chain capacity and enhanced capabilities to handle temperature-sensitive cargo such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare and life sciences products and support logistics requirements.

Martin Drew, Senior Vice President – Global Sales & Cargo at Etihad Aviation Group, said: “Etihad Cargo is pleased to co-host World Cargo Summit 2023 alongside Abu Dhabi Airports, bringing a highlight of the air cargo sector’s event calendar to the UAE’s capital for the first time. The air cargo industry has shown tremendous resilience in the face of very challenging market conditions. World Cargo Summit 2023 provides stakeholders with the perfect platform to come together and explore how the sector can achieve sustainable growth through collaboration and the power of partnerships. Etihad Cargo looks forward to welcoming airlines, airports, freight forwarders, project developers, aviation service providers and other industry professionals to Abu Dhabi for an event that promises to offer unrivalled knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities.”