IATA World Cargo Symposium, the greatest air cargo event in the world, is being held in Istanbul between April 25 and 27. The event, hosted by Turkish Cargo, stands out as a significant item in respect of global air cargo transportation. Being held in various cities on 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 such other industry stakeholders together to discuss the latest trends, best practices and innovations in air cargo industry.

It is expected that IATA WCS 2023 will not only make a significant contribution to the sustainability and digitalization journey of the global air cargo industry but also solidify the safety and security awareness in the industry. The event offers Istanbul the opportunity to attract the business world with its potential to become a logistics center, beyond being the junction point of the world trade.

Making the opening speech for the symposium, Turkish Airlines Chairman of the Board and the Executive Committee Prof. Dr. Ahmet Bolat said; “We are more than glad to host the World Cargo Symposium 2023 event in a manner to mark the 100th year of establishment of our Republic. Air cargo transportation plays a critical role with respect to the world economy and continuity of the supply chain. Our convention at the hub of global aviation, today, highlights once again the potential of Istanbul for the future of the logistics industry." 

Willie Walsh, the Director General of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) remarked; “For the next three days Istanbul will become the air cargo capital of the world. The last time we met in Istanbul, for the World Cargo Symposium was in 2011 and we are delighted to be back in the year that marks the 100th year of the establishment of the Republic of Türkiye. This year’s WCS promises to be another memorable occasion as the cargo industry comes together to discuss how to improve sustainability, safety, and reliability, as well as emerging opportunities with new markets, technologies, and digitalization.”