Glyn Hughes

The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA)

Director General

Glyn Hughes is director general of TIACA and has been involved in air cargo for over 38 years, having started his career with British Caledonian in the UK. Hughes joined IATA in 1991 and become IATA's global head of cargo in June 2014, where he had the overall responsibility to deliver the agenda agreed by the Cargo Committee. In February 2021, he joined TIACA as its first director general and works with the board to deliver the organization's vision for a safe, profitable, and united air cargo industry that embraces modern technologies and practices to sustainably serve trade and social development worldwide. Priority areas include safety, security, sustainability, digitalization, and innovation. Hughes is dedicated to developing collaborative relationships and is a firm believer in supporting the next generation of industry leaders and innovators. He spends a large amount of time on outreach programs with training and other educational establishments.

Sessions With Glyn Hughes

Tuesday, 1 March

  • 04:00pm - 04:45pm (EST) / 02/mar/2022 12:00 am - 02/mar/2022 12:45 am

    When Will Meaningful Air Cargo Capacity Return?

    The global air cargo industry continues to be held hostage to COVID-19 and its variants, with the default response by governments to impose widespread travel bans, forcing the cancellation of countless long-haul flights and the belly cargo capacity below deck that is so urgently needed. On top of the flight disruptions are uncoordinated and ill-considered quarantine measures around the world that reduce the handling capacity of air cargo terminals and trap airline crew in endless cycles of quarantine. The air cargo industry is closing in on a brutal two years of tightly limited space on the trades out of Asia and record-high freight rates, with ongoing travel restrictions further delaying the resumption of international travel at the sort of scale that will ease the chronic capacity shortage. Initial predictions by the International Air Transport Association were for a return to 2019 capacity by 2023, but that is looking less likely as new COVID-19 variants pop up. In this one-on-one discussion, Glyn Hughes, director general of The International Air Cargo Association, will put his vast industry knowledge to work in tackling the question, “When will air cargo capacity return at scale on the trans–Pacific and Asia–Europe trades?”