“Innovation and automation at airports are the break-through technology that has to be seen to be believed. Our main focus now is to see how ground operations will tap into this parallel reality by contributing meaningfully to improving the aircraft turnaround. Safety, efficiency and monitoring on-time performance – all vital to smooth functioning ground operations – are all made possible through the multitude of innovative ideas and technological advances. I am proud to be part of this change as IATA Ground Operations launches its CEDAR (Connected, Ecological, Digital, Autonomous Ramp) initiative and help guide the industry.”
Speaker profile - Joseph Suidan
Joseph first joined IATA in July 2008 as Assistant Director, ISAGO and in 2010 established and developed the Ground Operations department. As Head of Ground Operations his portfolio includes:
- IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM),
- IATA Airport Handling Manual (AHM)
- Connected Ecological, Digital, Autonomous Ramp (CEDAR) project
He also chairs the IATA Ground Handling Conference (IGHC).
Before joining IATA, he spent close to seven years as Airport Manager Canada for Austrian Airlines and, prior to that, served as Regional Manager Sales and Services and Head of Toronto and Montreal Stations for Royal Jordanian Airlines. During these seventeen years, Joseph worked closely with commercial and industry affairs departments of the various airlines, regulators and airport authorities of Canada, Austria and Jordan.