New Swiss cargo association born

SWISS WorldCargo has helped to establish the first-ever association dedicated to representing the interests and concerns of the Swiss air cargo community – IG Air Cargo Switzerland (IGACS).

“Our objective is to improve the image and strengthen the position of the airfreight industry in Switzerland and actively influence future developments,” Peter Somaglia, president of IG Air Cargo Switzerland, and managing director of ground handling company Cargologic, said.

“The future growth of airfreight in Switzerland is highly dependent on the enlargement and modernisation of ground infrastructure, which, unfortunately, have been neglected more than once in the past,” Somaglia continued. “To ensure such preparedness, IG Air Cargo Switzerland urges the airports and authorities concerned to allocate sufficient space and resources to modernising existing facilities and building additional warehouses to cater for the further growth expected.”

IGACS will endeavour to harmonise security processes, further develop e-freight and improving the information flow within the airfreight industry.

Membership of IGACS is open to any Switzerland-based company, person or association involved in the air cargo business. For further information visit the www.ig-aircargo.ch

In related news, Swiss has extended its partnership with Cargologic concerning freight handling operations at Zurich (Switzerland) airport. The new agreement lasts for seven years

The airfreight business of Swiss WorldCargo posted an 8.4 per cent increase in its first-half traffic in cargo tonne-kilometre terms. Cargo load factor (by volume) for the period amounted to 79.3 per cent (2010: 81.8 per cent).

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