Deborah Flint, President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Airports Authority (GTAA), earlier today moderated a panel entitled “The continued climb of air cargo” during Airports Council International – North America’s (ACI-NA) 2021 Annual Conference and Exhibition. With the downturn in air travel during the pandemic, air cargo has played a starring role in many airports’ operations over the last 18 months, both from a revenue generation standpoint and by facilitating the movement of vital personal protective equipment, vaccines, perishable goods and more.
Ms. Flint was joined by Amber Ritter, Chief Commercial Officer, Chicago Department of Aviation; Tom Ruth, President & CEO, Edmonton International Airport; Jim Szczesniak, Airport Director, Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport; and David N. Edwards, Jr., President/CEO, Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District. Panelists discussed the opportunities to continue leveraging the air cargo revenue stream, attracting more cargo airline service and how airports can integrate cargo into their strategic plans. Participants also touched on air cargo’s role as a safety net in the supply chain, the importance of technology and innovation, and how airports’ sustainability efforts can be incorporated into cargo activities.