World Cargo Symposium

Istanbul, Turkey
12 - 14 October
Hilton Bomonti

We are pleased to announce that the next WCS will take place in Istanbul, 12-14 October 2021

Mark your calendar! 

We want to thank Turkish Cargo for their continuous support as the Host airline for 2021.

Had you registered for the 2020 edition?

By rolling your registration over to 2021, you benefit from the 2020 rate and receive the seamless arrival feature for free, as a token of our appreciation for your patience. This will be done automatically unless otherwise advised. If you are not able to join us on these dates, you can also transfer your pass to a colleague. Please reach out to our customer service team to explore the different options at You have until May 31st to request an adjustment or a refund.

Regarding your hotel reservation, if you booked at the Hilton Bomonti as a part of the official group block (not a third party), the refund process is in the works - it can take up to 3 weeks. If you booked at another venue, please directly reach out to their customer service.
These FAQs will help you with all other questions you may have.

Before leaving you for this year, we wanted to share with you some exclusive and very exciting news: after Istanbul, our next stop in 2022 will be Hong Kong! Cathay Pacific will do us the honor of welcoming us in their home town and we want to thank the airport of Hong Kong for their great support to make this happen.

We are looking forward to reconnecting next year! 

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
Join the conversation using the hashtag #IATAWCS


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

The WCS 2021 program will be published in 2021.

Stay tuned!

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

Registration will open at the beginning of 2021!

Find out what precautions to take regarding Coronavirus & communicable diseases (pdf).

Turkish Airlines is the official airline of the IATA World Cargo Symposium with special discounts offered for all delegates. To proceed with the online booking tool, please visit the Turkish Airlines promocode website and use the event code 033TKM20 under the Promotion code section.

Please make sure to enter in the promotional code first and then click “confirm.” Once you click “confirm” you will be able to enter in your arrival/departure airports and travel dates.

Thank you to our official airline

Should you have any questions, please email:

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

Mike Huntington​
Director Sponsorships & Exhibitions
Tel.: +1-203-563-8170 Mobile: +1-514-240-2844​​

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. Visit the IATA TravelCentre

The 13th edition of the WCS brought over 1200 cargo experts from accross the globe to Singapore, 12th - 14th of March 2019.


Have a look at the photos taken during the WCS 2019.

The IATA WCS Daily Report

Agendas and Presentations 2019

WCS 2019 Highlights


Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!

Host Airline

Platinum Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Track Sponsors

Media Partners

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

Host Airline

Platinum Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsor

Track Sponsors

Principal Media Sponsor

Media Sponsors

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