World Cargo Symposium

Istanbul, Turkey
12 - 14 October
Hilton Bomonti

Mark your calendar! WCS will take place in Istanbul, 12-14 October 2021

We want to thank for their support as the Host airline.

We are looking forward to reconnecting in October! 

The World Cargo Symposium (WCS) is the largest and most prestigious annual event of its kind and the only one to bring together key stakeholders from the entire air cargo supply chain. Learn more about IATA Air Cargo now.

Join over 1,000 air cargo leaders and more than 40 exhibitors, for this action-packed World Cargo Symposium.

Conference Highlights


WCS 2021 will continue to move the industry from talk to action with this 14th edition.

The Symposium will feature plenary sessions, specialized tracks, workshops and executive summits, tackling aspects related to Technology & Innovation, Security & Customs, Cargo Operations and Sustainability.

Why should you attend?

  • Unique business, networking and branding opportunities with 99% satisfaction rate
  • Engage with over 1000 senior experts and decision makers across the entire supply chain
  • Debate and influence the future of Air Cargo
  • Hear world class speakers talk about the latest trends and issues impacting Air Cargo
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WCS 2019 Closing Video

Who will you meet?

  • Airlines
  • Solution providers
  • Freight forwarders
  • Airports
  • Ground handlers
  • Regulators
  • Media


"WCS is the best event I have attended so far (and not only in Air Cargo): excellent organization, large turnout, relevant topics discussed."
Nathanaël de Tarade, Wiremind
"The WCS is a mesmerizing event where you get easily embraced by the magic and willingness of industry passionate people to move things."
Franco Nanna, Cargolux
"Fantastic event offering great networking opportunities and inspiring talks from industry leaders. I will be back ! "
Filip Vande Cappelle, Animal Transportation Association
"The perfect event to turn trends into reality."
Dr. Harald Sieke, Aviation Logistics Fraunhofer IML

Discover the WCS 2021 Roadmap!

WCS 2021 Roadmap (pdf)

Day Session
Monday, 11 October 2021

CEIV Workshop (pdf)
FACES (pdf)

Tuesday, 12 October 2021
9:00 - 12:30

14:00 - 16:00

Opening plenary (pdf)

Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Morning tracks
9:00 - 12:30

Perishables (pdf)
Cargo Operations (pdf)
Dangerous Goods (pdf)
Cargo Security (pdf)

Wednesday, 13 October 2021
Afternoon tracks
14:00 - 17:30

Airports (pdf)
Pharmaceuticals (pdf)
E-Commerce & Logisitcs (pdf)
Cargo Sustainability (pdf)

Thursday, 14 October 2021
Morning tracks
9:00 - 12:30

Live Animals (pdf)
ULD (pdf)
Digital Cargo (pdf)
Focus on Turkey (pdf)

Thursday, 14 October 2021
14:00 - 16:30

Closing plenary (coming soon)



Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to expand your network and get insights into the latest industry trends and developments. 

To provide flexibility, the 2021 WCS will be a hybrid edition. For those who can travel, we will be delighted to welcome them in Istanbul, Turkey. For those who cannot join us in-person, we will offer an online option, including streaming of the key sessions, a virtual exhibition hall and a state-of-the-art virtual appointment tool to facilitate networking. In-person and remote attendees will have many opportunities to connect and share during the conference.

All you need to know about traveling by air in COVID times.

Should you have any questions, please email: iatawcs@mcveigh.com

The World Cargo Symposium continues to be the best opportunity to showcase your products​ and solutions to the cargo community. Find out what kind of privileges we can offer to our sponsors and exhibitors.

Sponsorship/Exhibition Contact


Business Development Director
Tel: +1 631 841 6866 - martinm@2joygame.com

Join IATA's Strategic Partnership Program and benefit from discounts on sponsorship and exhibition rates. Get on Board​!

From cradle of civilization to modern trade and technology metropolis


Istanbul is the confluence of east and west, the only city in the world to straddle two continents. Its long and venerable history, at the meeting point of land and sea trade routes, has made it the center of Turkey’s economic life and a highly cosmopolitan city. With the opening of the Istanbul New Airport, it will become a connecting point for much of the world’s air travel, and is poised to play an increasingly active role in the future of aviation and global transport.

Istanbul is also, of course, a center for tourism. Home to three empires, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman, it has an impressive history and remnants of all three cultures. The eighth most visited city in the world in 2016, and European Capital of Culture in 2010, it is also a city for the foodie. Turkish food is reputed to be one of the great cuisines of the world, and can be found in abundance all over the city, alongside international restaurants.

Over 15 million inhabitants, about 20% of the total population of Turkey, make Istanbul the country’s richest city, bringing in 40% of taxes. It is home to almost one third of all Turkish commercial firms. As the financial capital of the country, the Istanbul Stock Exchange and the headquarters of the biggest companies in Turkey can be found there. As the industrial center of the country, it is responsible for 38% of industrial output, transforming cotton, olive oil, fruit, silk and tobacco grown in the surrounding countryside, and producing pharmaceuticals.

Such vibrancy, coupled with the trade advantages Istanbul’s unique location offers, has attracted foreign interest. The textile manufacturing operations of worldwide apparel companies are situated here, as well as the Turkish main offices of major international banks.

And it’s not just traditional industries that have benefitted from foreign investment. Istanbul has birthed many technology startups, in a wide array of activities including e-commerce and payment, entertainment and video platforms, and increasingly cloud, mobile and big data solutions for B2B. Foreign investment has kick-started the sector, but it is now also a focal point for over 40 local venture capitalists. Additional support for budding entrepreneurs comes from the well-developed co-working infrastructure.

Visa Requirements


If you are not sure about your visa requirements to enter Turkey, the IATA TravelCentre provides passport, visa, health advice, and much more.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Pledge

IATA believes that diversity of culture, gender, age, orientation and experience boosts the success of the aviation industry. We actively encourage aviation professionals with diverse profiles to contribute to our events as speakers, panelists, facilitators, or in any other way.

​Thank you to our Sponsors

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