The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has confirmed that Glyn Hughes, its global head of cargo, is set to depart his post in January 2021.
Hughes will leave the position he held since 2014 as part of the industry group's wider restructuring amid the intense impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the aviation sector.
“Due to the devastating economic effects of Covid-19 on the aviation industry, IATA is undergoing a restructuring process to ensure the long-term sustainability of the organisation,” IATA said in a statement.
Voluntary departure scheme
“A voluntary departure scheme was announced as part of this process for which Glyn applied and was accepted,” it noted. “He will remain with IATA until January 2021.”
IATA noted that during this time, there will be no change in the support, advice and services IATA provides while the organization “work to ensure a smooth transition of responsibilities following his departure.”
Hughes took over the cargo chief role from Des Vertannes six years ago. He joined IATA in 1991 to enhance and expand the Cargo Accounts Settlement Service (CASS). He was also part of the Global Air Cargo Advisory Group steering committee, before taking the top job.
In a letter to colleagues cited by reports, Hughes explained his decision and noted how IATA will be undergoing some changes.
“As a result of the COVID pandemic inflicting such a devastating financial situation on the industry, IATA has introduced a restructuring programme which will see a number of changes within the organisation,” Hughes wrote.
“Quite a few positions will be lost, and some programmes will be ceased. We hope the impact on cargo activity won’t be too great,” he added, as he thanked his colleagues for working with him during his 6-year stint as cargo chief.