Following the collapse of passenger flight operations in 2020, which has yet to fully recover, airports are adjusting their priorities around passenger traffic and renewing their focus on cargo. However, current cargo infrastructure has demonstrated that airports are not fully equipped to handle the boom in the airfreight as capacity constraints, lack of warehouse space and labor shortages in ground handling are just a few of the issues that have helped operators realize the need for innovation, change and development at cargo airports.
With major cargo airports facing geographic constraints when it comes to cargo development, freight forwarders, handlers and carriers are recognizing the need to think outside the terminal. Now, stakeholders are exploring the use of utilizing vertical space when it comes to warehouse development, and innovative technologies like automated procedures and sustainability investments to help address the facility issues the industry currently faces.
In this fifth installment in the Air Cargo World 2021 series, executives from leading airfreight stakeholders discuss how to support cargo growth while passenger aviation recovers; the need for technology and automation as a method of navigating infrastructural challenges in airfreight; and strategies to help prepare cargo airports for the next wave of growth.