PROGRAMME - 26th April 2019

Welcome: An introduction from Air Cargo News

Supply and demand - the challenge for airlines

Keynote speaker: 
Peter Gerber, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board, Lufthansa Cargo


Peter Gerber has been the chairman of the executive board and chief executive of Lufthansa Cargo since May 2014, having started his career with Lufthansa in 1992 in human resources and legal department.

As of 1997, he was the manager responsible for the area of corporate settlement, fees and charges and between June 2001 and 2004 Gerber was appointed project manager responsible for the group-wide result safeguarding programme “D-Check”.

From June 2003 to August 2011, Gerber was responsible at Lufthansa for the “Air Transport Initiative for Germany”. Additionally, he was responsible for strategic corporate development in 2004. From December 2004 to May 2009, Gerber took over corporate industrial relations and social security departments for the Lufthansa Group and was appointed to the executive board of Lufthansa Cargo with responsibility for finance and human resources in June 2009.

Market update: Is the air cargo boom coming to an end?

  • Global air trade has seen recent growth between 2016-2018, but is it sustainable?
  • Changing landscape in cargo capacity supply
  • Insights into shorter term air freight forecast


Marco Bloeman, Managing Director, Seabury Consulting

E-commerce: A Pandora’s Box or White Knight for airlines?                     

Session Sponsored by -   

Panel discussion -   

  • Can traditional air cargo handle e-commerce? 
  • How do carriers need to adapt to meet the needs of e-commerce?
  • Air cargo supply chain stability and reliability in a volatile world, what are the lessons?
  • Can Amazon go it alone, will others follow?


Fatih Ciğal, Senior Vice President, Cargo Marketing, Turkish Airlines

Ross Marino, Senior Vice President – International Airport Operations, dnata

Brendan Sullivan, Head of eCommerce and Cargo Operations, IATA


Brexit: The challenges and opportunities for airfreight 

Speaker and Q&A session:
James Hookham, Deputy Chief Executive, FTA

Airports, airlines, and ground handlers: Talking the same language or lost in translation?

Panel discussion

  • A hub or a home: Are slot constrained mega airports losing freighters to niche and nimble hubs?
  • Do major airports really want freighters, or do they prefer low cost carriers?


Nick Platts, Head of Cargo, Heathrow Airport Limited

Steven Verhasselt, Vice President Commercial, Liege Airport

Steven Polmans, Head of Cargo, Brussels Airport

Freight forwarders: The challenge of digital start-ups and facing capacity constraints

Panel discussion

  • Experience and scale versus tech heavy and asset-lite
  • Can air cargo logistics be reduced to a cost comparison site
  • Why are forwarders chartering their own freighters, more to come?


Boris Pernet, Chief Executive, Upply

Moritz Claussen, Co-Founder,

Jan van Casteren, Vice President, Flexport

Closing Comments

Programme concludes


08:30 Registration & welcome

09:15 Conference - morning session

12:00 Lunch

13:00 Conference - afternoon session

16:15 Conference concludes 

Conference supporters: 


Polar Thermal Packaging is an innovator in passive cold chain logistics for air and road transport. Currently for the air freight industry, we supply reusable, high integrity liners for LD3/ LD7/and LD9 configurations for foods, pharma and medical supplies Just launched, the Polar Pod range of pallet shippers has been introduced to complement our multi-trip systems and were developed to reflect customer demand for a single use, modular protection that provides supreme performance. Polar Pods combine a number of technologies ensuring safe transport, by land and air, of perishable products in either ambient, chilled or frozen applications.

Securitas is the leading global security services provider, specialising in protective services. We blend people, technology and knowledge to deliver best-in-class security services for airports, airlines and aviation-related businesses. Our range of aviation security services includes:

  • Passenger, baggage and cargo screening. We are the UK’s first and only government-certified FREDD (Free Running Explosive  Detection Dog) provider
  • Patrols - through paperless technology, officers can instantly report and resolve security weaknesses
  • Access point security
  • Vehicle checkpoint security
  • Aviation contingency and support - we can provide fast, contingency support in the areas of: passenger and staff search areas, vehicle control and search, vehicle and foot patrols, CCTV support vehicles and exit search regimes.

Conference sponsor:

SEGRO is a UK Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT), and a leading owner, manager and developer of modern warehouses and light industrial property. It owns or manages 7 million square metres of space (75 million square feet) valued at £11 billion serving customers from a wide range of industry sectors. In the UK, SEGRO has a leading market position around South East airports, including Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted.  It is the largest provider of industrial and cargo space in the Heathrow area with 110 customers across 18 estates, including the airport’s airside cargo facilities, Heathrow Cargo Centre and the BA World Cargo CentreKey customers include BA, WFS,  Air Canada, Rolls Royce, FedEx, DHL, Swissport and DB Schenker.

The expansion of Heathrow provides SEGRO with the fantastic opportunity to deliver world class facilities for cargo and freight handling, both in terms of quantity, quality and efficiency, that will enhance the productivity of its customer base and the wider air cargo supply chain.