Huge visitor turnout at air cargo India 2022 amidst the presence of dignitaries, industry leaders, and the global fraternity

With 4,800 visitors, 550 delegates, and 75 participating brands from over 38 countries, air cargo India 2022 was by far among the largest industry gatherings in India in the post-pandemic period. Organized by leading trade fairs management company Messe Muenchen India, air cargo India 2022 was held at Grand Hyatt Hotel, Mumbai, from May 31-2 June. This edition brought together leading airlines, airports, cargo handlers, and many other GSAs and services like IT systems, drone operators, etc.

The show opened with a congratulatory message from Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, Honorable Minister of Civil Aviation, Government of India, highlighting India’s vision to achieve air cargo capacity of 10 million metric tonne by 2030. Some of the leading dignitaries present at the show were Ms Poonam Mahajan, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, from Mumbai North Central Constituency, Maharashtra; Mr Cheong Ming Foong, Consul General of Singapore in Mumbai; Mr Ali Tolga Kaya, Consul General of Turkey in Mumbai; and Ms Marja Einig, Acting Consul General of Germany in Mumbai. air cargo India 2022 was also graced by the presence of Mr Piyush Srivastava, Senior Economic Advisor, Ministry of Civil Aviation, who emphasized the role of air cargo in the country’s economic development and the various collaborations between the government and industry that will yield results in the near future.

The content-focussed conferences, organised in collaboration with STAT Trade Times, brought together the leading shippers and cargo service providers in the country to reflect on the key learnings from the Covid-19 crisis. During the three-day conferences, international experts shared global perspectives on how the industry can come together to further align interests and mitigate emerging risks. With important panel discussions on pharma logistics, the growth of shipping demands from the e-commerce sector, digitalization of cargo operations, use of drone technology, air shipping challenges, capacity crunch, sustainability, and many others, air cargo India 2022 stimulated dynamic conversations among high-quality delegates and leading decision-makers in the industry.

Key speakers at the conferences included Yashpal Sharma, Managing Director, Skyways Group; Martin Drew, Senior Vice President Sales & Cargo, Etihad Aviation; Tushar Jani, Chairman, Cargo Service Center; Ramesh Mamidala, Chief Cargo Officer, Adani Airport Holdings Ltd; Saurabh Kumar, Chief Executive Officer, GMR Cargo; Huned Gandhi, Managing Director, DACHSER India Pvt Ltd, among many other domain leaders.

Bhupinder Singh, CEO, Messe Muenchen India, says, “The global air cargo industry worked round-the-clock during the pandemic and demonstrated excellence by keeping the wheels of commerce turning despite Covid-19 limitations. A lot has changed in the world of air logistics, right from the wider adoption of digital supply chains to the trade policy landscape in various countries and regions. air cargo India 2022 offered the right platform for this fraternity to display innovative solutions, share knowledge and experiences, conduct business face-to-face, but most importantly, to celebrate existing relationships and forge new networks.”

The prestigious STAT Times Award for excellence in air cargo felicitated the champions of the industry and presented a special Lifetime Achievement Award to Ms Vandana Aggarwal, former Senior Economic Advisor, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Government of India. The most-awaited STAT Times Awards Night and Networking Gala Dinner also saw performances by internationally acclaimed illusionist Drummond Money-Coutts and a live band by ONEEMPIRE. Frankfurt Airport emerged as the International Cargo Airport of the Year, while Qatar Airways Cargo bagged the International Cargo Airline of the Year, apart from many other winners across award categories.

About the scale and success of air cargo India 2022, Ehab Matta, Senior Manager Regional Cargo Indian subcontinent, Middle East and Pakistan at Qatar Airways said, “As usual, the exhibition and conferences were very well-organized, offering opportunities to reconnect with local partners, gauge industry nuances, especially for pharma goods and perishables that need specialized technology and processes, and align growth aspirations for all players in the air cargo space. We are happy to be a part of the positive and dynamic platform at air cargo India 2022.”

Dennis Lister, Vice President – Product and Business Development at Emirates SkyCargo, said, “air cargo India 2022 was a great platform to discuss the latest developments in the industry. The conferences were well-curated to bring out the most relevant trends. The discussions were insightful and varied, and I’m confident that the conversations exchanged at this event will be vital as the industry recalibrates to meet global demands.”

The high impact of air cargo India 2022 for the industry was indicated through active participation by both global and domestic partners. A representative from Air India Cargo said, “The air cargo business in India is going through a seismic shift with expanding markets, new trends in digitalization, and increasing air cargo product demands. Air cargo India 2022 brought all stakeholders under one roof to further ideate on these trends, exchange perspectives and help strategize the way forward as an industry. The insights from this conference will help all stakeholders to strategize growth and expansion plans amidst a challenging global scenario. India is playing an increasingly important role in global supply chains, and we are confident that Air India Cargo will also contribute significantly towards fulfilling the needs and aspirations of the cargo fraternity.”

Partners at air cargo India 2022:

Diamond Partner – QATAR Airways Cargo

Platinum Partner – Emirates Sky Cargo

Gold Partners – National Air Cargo, Delhi International Airport & GMR Hyderabad International Airport, Miami International Airport

Silver Partner – Kale Logistics

Registration Desk & Exhibitor Lanyard Partner – Etihad Cargo

Entrance Gate Partner – DACHSER

Pharma Shippers Forum – Pharma.Aero & Cargo Service Centre

Air Shippers Forum – Frankfurt Airport

Mobile App Partner – IBS Software

Visitor Bag Partner – KSR Freight Forwarders

Visitor Lanyard Partner – Edmonton International Airport

Delegate Bag Partner – Kempegowda International Airport

Key Card Jacket Partner – ATLAS Air Worldwide

VIP Lounge Partner – ATC Aviation

Conference Track Partner – SKYWAYS GROUP, Smart KARGO, Kale Logistics, Mumbai International Airport

About Messe Muenchen India:

Founded in 2007 as a wholly owned subsidiary of Messe München, Messe Muenchen India Pvt. Ltd. is one of the leading organizers of trade fairs in India with an extensive portfolio of B2B trade fairs covering various sectors: air cargo India, analytica Anacon India/India Lab Expo, bauma CONEXPO India, drink technology India, electronica India, IFAT India, Indian Ceramics Asia, Intersolar India/The smarter E India, LASER World of PHOTONICS INDIA, MatDispens, Pack Mach Asia Expo, Pharma Pro Pack, productronica India, Smart Card Expo, VRTECH India, World Tea & Coffee Expo. Messe Muenchen India works closely with industry stakeholders to develop well-researched trade fairs encapsulating the latest trends and innovations dominating the industry. Headquartered in Mumbai with offices in New Delhi, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad, Messe Muenchen India connects global competence by bringing professionals together for business, learning and networking.

Messe Muenchen India acquired air cargo India and air cargo Africa in 2018 to strengthen its global network. In China, India, Turkey and in the global leading trade fair in Munich, air cargo plays a major role in the transport logistic network.

About Messe München:

Messe München is one of the leading exhibition organizers worldwide with more than 50 of its own trade shows for capital goods, consumer goods and new technologies. Every year, about 50,000 exhibitors and around 3 million visitors take part in more than 200 events at the exhibition center in Munich, at the ICM – Internationales Congress Center München, the Conference Center Nord and the MOC Veranstaltungscenter München as well as abroad. Together with its subsidiary companies, Messe München organizes trade fairs in China, India, Brazil, Africa, Turkey, and Vietnam. With a network of associated companies in Europe, Asia and South America, and with around 70 representatives abroad for more than 100 countries, Messe München has a truly global presence.

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