International Transport and Logistics Service Providers Association UTİKAD added another new one to its Webinar series. The global and local impacts of the pandemic process on airline transportation in the webinar, where the industry showed great interest, the problems faced by airline companies, airports, ground businesses, airport warehouses and air cargo agencies during this period, responsibilities and the measures they took were shared, and the predictions about the future of airline transportation were shared.
Moderated by UTİKAD Chairman Emre Eldener, webinara, UTİKAD Board Member and Airline Working Group President Mehmet Özal, Turkish Airlines Assistant General Manager (Cargo) Turhan Özen, MNG Airlines General Manager Ali Sedat Özkazanç, IGA Airport CEO Advisor Melih Mengü veıat to Turkey, Azerbaijan and Central Asia Regional Director Heather Works and participated as a speaker.
IATA Turkey, Azerbaijan and Central Asia Regional Director Heather Works, He expressed the effects of the pandemic process, which affects the whole world, on air cargo transportation in the global sense.
“While our efforts last February showed us a loss of income of $ 29.3 billion, this figure reached $ 419 billion in June. When we look at the data we have, we expect the airlines to close 2020 with a loss of about 84 billion dollars. The biggest decrease in air cargo on a global basis and tonnage occurred in April and this rate was determined as 36 percent. This rate has improved over time, and if we compare this to the figures of May, it is seen that there is a 31 percent contraction. When we look at the air cargo revenues, we can say that there was an increase of 32 percent compared to May of last year, but the amount of loss suffered by the air cargo as a result of the contraction in production and the capacity allocated for cargo is quite high at this point.
Taking the floor after Çalışır Turkish Airlines Assistant General Manager (Cargo) Turhan Özen, He evaluated how the pandemic process went through in terms of airlines with his presentation:
“I think once again we understand how important air cargo transportation and air logistics are in the globally felt pandemic process. During the pandemic; Without air cargo and air logistics, Turkey and other countries struggle with the Covidien-19 passes much more challenging. There were serious disruptions in the supply chain with the closed borders and quarantine applications.
We see that worldwide air cargo market Covidien-19 due to shrinkage of up to 32 percent bekleniyor.Türkiye for the first 2020 months of 5, especially when we look at exports in April decreased 45,4 percent while that of imports decreased by 38,6 percent. When we come to June, when the pandemic effect has decreased relatively, we can say that this decline has reached 20-25 percent and we have encountered a slightly more optimistic picture. The new normally would hope that it will get even better. ”
MNG Airlines General Manager Ali Sedat Özkazanç, Voiced very quickly adapt to the process of Turkey's outbreak. Özkazanç said, “In this period, we continued our transportation to various countries of the world. For many years we have raised the status to be logistics base in Turkey have found the opportunity to put forward in this process and we should maintain the continuity of it. " Open Sky also share their thoughts on the Özkazanç "We're going to perform the Open Sky as Turkey, we should pay attention to the conditions that can benefit the country. Otherwise, with a unilateral agreement to be realized, we will lose our current power and advantages, ”he said.
Melih Mengü, İGA Airport CEO Consultantmade evaluations for Istanbul Airport, one of the largest airports in the world. Mengü said, “We see that a total of 105 thousand tons of cargo was handled at both Atatürk Airport and Istanbul Airport last June. At this point, we can say that there has been a 10-12 percent decrease compared to the previous year, but we expect to catch the old capacity in a shorter time than expected and reach the previous figures of Istanbul Airport as of July ”.
UTİKAD Board Member and Airline Working Group President Mehmet Özal, pandemic process of air cargo agents in terms of changed product variety of air cargo transportation with değerlendirdi.pande my process even though the opening of the market in daavrupa and with the continuation of the normalization process in the demand for Turkey from foreign trade products, attention will increase again Ozal, "the coming months, much better in this regard I think it will be. In this sense, Turkey is the provision of external trade balance and productivity due to increasing freight traffic, we need to talk about the strategy and the need for the provision of transit flows politikalarınaol that, "he said.
In the later minutes of the webinar, the speakers both talked about their efforts to manage the pandemic process and made evaluations about the future of airline transportation.
IATA Turkey, Azerbaijan and Central Asia Regional Director Heather Works, “In this process, as IATA, it was our top priority to create a cash source for our airlines. We have attempted to postpone the taxes that our airlines must pay. On the other hand, we took the necessary precautions to be operational in terms of going back to the old. ”
Turkish Airlines Assistant General Manager (Cargo) Turhan Özen, “As of the end of March, we started our operations exclusively at Atatürk Airport. In this process, at the same time, we made 32 passenger aircraft convenient for cargo transportation and
we continued our shipments, thus ensuring rapid operational efficiency and adaptation. When we arrived in the middle of May, with our weekly frequency exceeding 350, we returned to our Dual Hub operations with our facilities at the two airports. ”
Expressing that they aim to contribute to the sector with their digitalization efforts in the COVID-19 process, Özen shared the projects of Turkish Cargo in this scope with the audience. Referring to the fact that Turkish Cargo has taken the artificial intelligence robot called CARGY live, Özen said that our new digital solution partner, our virtual robot, lists the original destination and date information of all flights, and the opportunity to query the status of the shipment in Turkish and English languages 7/24 with the airway bill of lading (AWB) number. offers. And also; We have also activated our four robots named Alfa, Bravo, Charlie and Delta. In this period, when our employees mostly work from home, they continue to work on the realization of automated transactions on servers. Thus, we provide manpower for manual and repetitive tasks ”.
Taking the floor after Özen MNG Airlines General Manager Ali Sedat Özkazanç,“As MNG Airlines, we continued our operations with longer routes at night and relatively shorter routes during the day. In this way, we both doubled our capacity and planned one-way-one destination and provided efficiency in our operations. ” Özkazanç, who also shared his views on continuing the practice of carrying cargo with passenger planes, underlined that in such a case, the rules should be clearly laid out and that it is important for cargo planes not to be left behind in terms of competition..Expressing that the system that has been going on for a long time should evolve, Özkazanç stated that after some point they will need new methods and new perspectives.
Melih Mengü, İGA Airport CEO Consultant,He stated that they opened the third runway of Istanbul Airport and that they had a large capacity. Mengü said, “In April and May, we did not issue any rental invoices to our airport stakeholders, and in the following period, we discounted as much as possible. In the coming period, we plan to complete our efforts for digitization in cargo and make it available to our stakeholders. ”
UTİKAD Board Member and Airline Working Group President Mehmet Özal,“We tightened our work with Pandemi and continued our communication with all our stakeholders. We conveyed our demands to the necessary public institutions and organizations, both nationally and internationally. In addition, as UTİKAD, we continued our efforts to digitize all processes on the basis of all modes of transport in this period without slowing down. The airline side seems very prepared for these processes and we need public support at this point. ”
“UTİKAD International Airline Transport Webinar” ended after answering the questions of the speakers. UTİKAD will continue to inform the logistics sector with its webinars on various topics in the following period.