The aviation needs to priorities separating cargo from the passenger business.
Air cargo is part of an $11bn+ worldwide logistics industry.
It is also part of an $8bn – and falling – aviation industry; the passenger business can be perilous and fail practically overnight. The logistics business better placed to grow, and it’s as well for IATA Cargo to pin its colours to the logistics mast. This means IATA should be talking to container shipping, rail and multimodal-thinking suppliers, especially about technology.
It is hoped that IATA’s efforts to reach across to its partner industries in freight, will show airlines that there is far greater scope in their involvement in logistics than simply comparing the opportunities of cargo to that of bulk-buying bread rolls.