Miami permanently hosts a major air cargo fair

MIAMI — Nearly 4,000 people are in Miami to attend the International Air Cargo Association (TIACA) conference taking place Tuesday through Thursday, but an uninvited guest named Nicole has the potential to upset some plans.

TIACA Director-General Glyn Hughes said in an interview Monday that registration for the biannual Air Cargo Forum stands at 3,795, much higher than expected after a four-year hiatus due to the COVID crisis.

More than 220 companies are exhibiting at the show, which is held at the Miami Beach Convention Center. A smaller conference, held in conjunction with the event, will focus on topics such as air cargo market conditions, decarbonisation, adoption of digital technologies and the role of airports in facilitating trade.

The strong turnout “for TIACA underlines the value of this event, which brings people from the industry together to network and exchange business ideas,” said Hughes.

The number of exhibitors and attendees will be close to the top forums ever hosted by TIACA, although Hughes said comparisons are difficult as the event took place in different locations around the world, with varying levels of participation.

The schedule will change going forward, with Miami becoming the permanent home of the Air Cargo Forum beginning in 2024, officials said. Instead, the trade association will hold its smaller Executive Summit in various locations and hold regional symposiums, the first of which took place in Amsterdam this year. The locations of next year’s two regional events will be announced on Wednesday.

TIACA’s headquarters are in Miami. Miami International Airport is a major cargo hub for trade between the United States, Latin America and Europe.

“Organizing such a large exhibition in a different location each time is not only difficult to attract visitors, but also a huge financial risk because you start from scratch every time,” said Chairman Steven Polmans, Vice President of Business Development and Regulatory Affairs the free zone at Abu Dhabi airports. “So now we will have a permanent location for the ACF, which will be in Miami, and our conference, which was held in Miami, will be moving globally.”

The National Hurricane Center released a hurricane watch for Florida’s east coast as subtropical storm Nicole formed in the Atlantic. The projected path shows it could make landfall as a Category 1 hurricane late Wednesday night somewhere between Miami and Brevard County, which includes Cape Canaveral on the central part of the coast.

The 4 p.m. Monday advisor predicted Nicole will become a hurricane Wednesday night over the Bahamas en route to Florida with wind gusts up to 90 miles per hour. Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has declared a state of emergency for 34 counties due to possible flooding and other impacts.

Forecasters as of Monday night called the most likely landfall in Brevard County, with a mostly rainy event in South Florida.

TIACA is monitoring conditions but does not expect any disruption from rain and wind at this time, especially since it has not even received notification of potential problems from the Miami Beach Convention Center, a spokeswoman said.

Some airlines are sending precautionary emails to customers flying in the Bahamas and Florida that Nicole may affect upcoming travel.

“There is no change in your flight schedules at this time. However, to better accommodate customers, American is offering additional flexibility that may allow you to adjust your travel plans without a fee,” American Airlines told ticketed customers Monday afternoon.

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