Air cargo forum to focus on huge industry growth

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 February, 1994, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 February, 1994, 12:00am

FORECASTS that air freight will double in the next seven years will be the focus of the International Air Cargo Forum and Exposition to be held in Seattle between September 13 and 16.

Other topics to be addressed at the conference are the strong connection between changes in world gross domestic product and in air cargo revenue tonne kilometres.

The forum promises to push the sponsoring International Air Cargo Association (IACA) into increasing global prominence as the voice of the air cargo industry.

Through programmes designed to explore new ideas and concepts in air cargo, the forum aims to support IACA's aims of promoting the industry in a more aggressive manner.

The world's premier event for the air cargo industry, the 1994 gathering is expected to be the largest yet, with close to 200 exhibition booths (an increase of 45 per cent over 1992) and attract more than 1,200 representatives of the industry, governmentand trade.

The theme of the forum, to be held in the Washington State Convention and Trade Centre, is Air Cargo: New Horizons in World Trade.

''World commerce and the air cargo industry have a unique interdependence, and the association, through the forum, hopes to involve more key international players - from industry as well as from government - in reducing barriers and promoting the growth of world trade,'' said International Air Cargo Association president BF Spohrer.

Seattle and the Boeing Aircraft Co's contribution to aviation and trade will be showcased on September 14, after the official opening a day earlier.

''The evening programmes will provide dynamic opportunities for bringing members of the air cargo industry closer together to meet in congenial settings with government officials and trade executives from around the world.'' said Mr Spohrer.

''This will set the stage and enhance the value of each day's programme, and help promote the long-term aims and activities of the International Air Cargo Association.