Farnborough 14 July 2018. Cargo is to take centre-stage at this year’s Farnborough International Airshow with a 1,000sqm Village centred around a static display of ‘giants of the sky’ including 747s and an Antonov. For the first time there will be a dedicated cargo conference programme curated by IATA.

The conference programme is a chance for industry experts and thought-leaders to discuss the issues, opportunities and challenges facing this fast-growing sector, including an analysis of the future for air cargo, through to the impact of exponential demand for express and e-commerce freight.

Amanda Stainer, Commercial Director for Farnborough International says: “We’ve created a hub for the cargo industry at the Farnborough International Airshow. The Cargo Village brings people, companies and aircraft together; the conference programme means a conversation will happen simultaneously; and I think the discussions during the conference will be influential.”

Glyn Hughes, IATA’s Global Head of Cargo supports this new Farnborough initiative remarking “Air Cargo transports 35% of global trade by value, representing a crucial supply chain partner for the global economy, the Farnborough Cargo village is great recognition of the importance of air cargo and how its critical for commercial aviation success.”

As the role and impact of UAVs continues to grow, the IATA-curated conference will serve as an important focus for analysing how a future with UAVs might look and what needs to be done to achieve the opportunities this presents, particularly with delivery to inaccessible areas.

Coming just 37 weeks before the UK leaves the European Union, the Airshow has attracted the most international attendance ever. Show organisers suggest that this is a strong indication of companies wanting to extend their trading links – something likely to have direct effect on the cargo industry.

The Cargo Village is sponsored by Cargo Logic Air, Volga Dnepr and Air Bridge Cargo.