While some airports have a deliberate strategy for cargo development, this is not the case for all. In fact, many airports carry outdated cargo plans. This is understandable, given that the financial value generated for the airport can be limited; however, the value to its customers and stakeholders can be considerable.
The airports that are successful in their cargo strategies, are inevitably those that are comfortable with addressing the sector’s strategic value by proactively engaging with their stakeholders. These airports go beyond their own perimeters and ask the question, “what is the value to the cargo ecosystem?”. They work closely with local industry representatives and government agencies to enable the country’s vision for air trade. It is this degree of collaboration that can translate into funding for the renewal of facilities, the relaxation of regulations to facilitate trade, or joint marketing efforts to promote the local cargo ecosystem.
Moving forward, many cargo and logistics players will seek the airport’s support in leading them through the ongoing recovery. Airports will continue to play a central role in future cargo developments, as they do in many other processes; unlocking benefits for the entire ecosystem by taking the role of the flagbearer and bringing together multiple stakeholders towards a single aim. Often, the value generated is spread across the local cargo community and sometimes, as in the case of COVID-19 vaccine distribution, the value is beyond measure.