Despite Over a third of goods traded globally through air, the air cargo sector continues to face a difficult business environment. The recent IATA’s observation that the sector that witnessed anaemic growth since 2010 still continues to reel under difficult situation, is indeed an alarming trend in the industry. IATA also estimates that volume growth will increase to 3.0% in 2016. Under pressure from integrators, competing modes of transport (land and sea) and increased cargo capacity in the passenger fleet, yields are expected to fall a further 5.5% in 2016. If the industry needs to make profits, it should look for continued transformation through bolstering of its key strengths of speed and flexibility with modern processes and improved quality.
On the Cover, read an exclusive interview with Nabil Khojah, CEO Saudia Cargo, who explained to us how the airliner, being strategically located in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, enjoys a unique flexibility and is positioned to provide a bridge between East and West.He also spoke at length on Saudia Cargo’s future projects and ambitions.
In the Lounge, we featured Mrs. Divya Tekchandani, Director for Dubai-based Airglow Aviation Services FZC, an ACMI based operator offering aviation services to Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia, Asia Pacific and the South-west Pacific regions.
Also, among other articles read an exclusive interview with Mr.Halit Anlatan, Cargo VP Sales & Marketing, Turkish Airlines Cargo who, despite the no so encouraging previous year for air cargo, still remains optimistic about a better 2016.
On the backdrop of the recently concluded Air Cargo India 2016,where the industry veterans pondered over the fate of the industry, we decided to cover the event expansively. Read features on the Indian cargo scene in the inside pages including coverage from the fifth edition of Indian Civil Aviation show held in Hyderabad recently.
Yet another feature on cargo crime in the industry makes for an interesting read. Read about how cargo crime in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), reached a five-year high in 2015.
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