Leipzig-Halle Airport is to host The International Air Cargo Association’s (TIACA) Executive Summit and Annual General Meeting on May 16-18, 2010.

The German airport is served by 24 airlines flying to 57 airports in 17 countries offering connections within Germany and Europe including direct air services to major cities such as Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Moscow, Paris and Vienna.

The Executive Summit, free to TIACA members, will address a wide range of issues, including a practical look at how companies are preparing to meet 100% piece level screening for air cargo shipments moving on passenger aircraft to/from and within the United States. This particular session will hear how major shippers are preparing for the introduction of this new legislation in August 2010 and also consider what the US can learn from Europe’s approach to aviation security.

Other topics of debate will include how shifting patterns in distribution and increased technology are changing the role of supply chain participants, the effects of consolidation in the forwarding industry and presentations on IATA e-freight and the threat posed to air cargo by other modes of transport.

Delegates will also be invited to give their views of how the industry can learn from coming out of previous economic downturns and look specifically at the Asian market and how it has been affected by the slump in international trade. As part of its focus on environmental issues, TIACA will also invite speakers to consider the commercial viability of alternative fuels.

TIACA will also induct the latest entrant to its air cargo ‘Hall of Fame’ during the event at a special celebration dinner on May 17th in the world-renowned Porsche Customer Service Centre, home to many rare and valuable original Porsche vehicles.

Daniel Fernandez, Secretary General of TIACA, said: ‘Leipzig-Halle has established itself as one of Europe’s most important and competitive logistics locations and we are delighted that our members and guests attending TIACA’s AGM and Executive Summit will have the opportunity to see the airport and its facilities for themselves. By May next year, we expect to world economy to be in the early stages of a full recovery and we believe the AGM and Executive Summit will provide an excellent and timely opportunity for industry executives to network and gain the latest updates on a series of issues of importance to their businesses.’

Full information on the event will be published on the TIACA website at www.tiaca.org