IATA has cancelled its World Cargo
Symposium (WCS) set for March 10-12, 2020, in Istanbul.
The IATA announcement Monday is the second cancellation
for a major world cargo annual event in the past ten days.
Earlier FIATA, the global forwarder organization,
said it was cancelling its Annual Headquarters Session set for Zurich
on March 26.
FIATA said that the event will not be rescheduled
Both cancellations are driven by the global outbreak
of COVID-19, a viral contagion that has swept into every corner of the
world, disrupting lives and logistics whilst sending world stock markets
on a downward spiral.
COVID-19 Is A Moving
“This whole COVID-19 matter is a moving
target,” a leading air cargo executive told FlyingTypers.
“It's difficult to make forward decisions
other than to sit tight and hope we can come through this with a minimum
of human suffering and that the economic and financial impact will not
be too severe.”
Standing back and looking things over a bit, the
situation may be under control in Turkey, however WCS is a gathering of
people from all over the world.
IATA had said earlier on its World Cargo Symposium
“The health and safety of our delegates
are of the utmost importance to us.”
With this painful cancellation of WCS at the last
minute, IATA is biting the bullet and taking the high road, backing up
its words with action for the welfare of everyone.
And for cargo people that had looked forward to
a couple days with friends and colleagues in Istanbul, as people often
say in that beautiful city, “no worries.”
We’ll be together again soon.
More : https://www.iata.org/en/events/wcs/