ACI World launches guide to developing cargo at airports

By Damian Brett

The COVID-19 pandemic, Brexit and decarbonisation continue to impact the air cargo sector. Copyright: Shutterstock

Airports Council International (ACI) has published a guide on how airports can use cargo to develop an alternative revenue stream. 

ACI said the Developing Cargo at Airports guide, which was produced in collaboration with Netherlands Airport Consultants (NACO) and InterVISTAS, said that as airports come out of the pandemic and look to ensure long-term financial sustainability through the diversification of their revenue streams, cargo is an important area to be explored.

The guidance highlights the importance of analysing current data, such as market trends, stakeholders’ perspective and cargo demand and supply, developing a clear cargo vision and cargo master plan, and ensuring the capabilities and infrastructure that create a lasting benefit.

“The intention of the guidance is to enable airports that are not currently tapping into the potential of cargo to better understand and identify opportunities and help those airports that currently have extensive cargo operations with the re-formulation of their cargo strategy where needed,” ACI said.

ACI World director general Luis Felipe de Oliveira explained:  “A clear cargo strategy will help further airports’ understanding of the current landscape and opportunities, as well as build a robust business plan for the future. 

“Cargo continues to be critical to global recovery through the supply of goods – such as medicine, medical equipment, and most recently, vaccines – and playing a key role in supporting the communities we serve.”

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