ISTANBUL: Pegasus Airlines Cargo and Bahcesehir University's Faculty of Economics, Administrative and Social Sciences, organized an international transport and logistics conference for students on October 08 at the Bahcesehir University Besiktas campus.
Hosted by Pegasus Airlines Cargo vice president Aydin Alpa and Bahcesehir vice dean professor Yavuz Gunalay, the conference included prominent local and international logistics executives plus Pegasus Airlines CFO Serhan Ulga and Operational Control Center manager Umit Kula.
Emphasizing the importance of the conference as a platform for bringing industry leaders together while providing an environment for students looking to join the sector, Alpa commented: "Turkey is a vital logistics hub in the region due to its geographical location, hence we anticipate further growth and expansion in the sector in the near future. As Pegasus Airlines Cargo, we currently carry air cargo across 37 countries and 94 different locations.
"We continue to invest in and further prepare for the expansion of our flight network as fast as we can obtain traffic rights from the Civil Aviation Authority," Alpa added.
Conference speakers included Reibel Transport and Trade general manager Arif Badur; Etihad Cargo vice president David Kerr; Arkas Holding EVP and Logistics Services Group president Diana Arcas; and Dusseldorf Airport Cargo managing director Gerton Hulsman.
Other speakers sharing their expertise were: ABDA Cargo Services regional manager MENA, Nilan Gunatilaka; Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport Cargo Operations and Marketing manager Harun Ay; Lufthansa Cargo Turkey general manager Hasan Hatipoglu; UPS president of Freight Forwarding Europe Region Jens Poggensee; Aviation Services Holding EOOD CEO Michail Dantchev; Ekol Logistics general manager of Freight Murat Bog; Damco CEO of East Med Area Okyay Oztugran; International Transporters Association president O. Cetin Nuhoglu; and chair of the Department of International Finance at Bahcesehir University, associate Dr. Deniz Gokce.
This was the fourth such event sponsored and arranged by Alpa and his cargo team in conjunction with leading Turkish institutions of higher learning.