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International Air Transport Association

What is the International Air Transport Association?

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is a trade association composed of 290 member airlines representing 117 countries. For over 70 years, the association has played a key role in developing industry policy and standards to ensure airline safety, security, efficiency, and sustainability.

When was IATA formed?

IATA was formed on 19 April 1945 in Havana, Cuba. Initially, IATA consisted of just 57 airlines from 31 countries and its work was almost purely technical. After its first conference was held in 1947, the members agreed to 400 new resolutions and aviation grew rapidly over the following years. The scope of IATA’s work has expanded in tandem.

Which are the key members of IATA?

IATA has over 290 member airlines from 117 countries. Together, these airlines serve an estimated 82% of total available seat miles air traffic. The majority of the members are major carriers, and they receive a range of benefits including:

  • International recognition and lobbying
  • Targeting key industry priorities
  • Driving industry change
  • Reducing costs
  • Communication campaigns
  • Training and other services

What are the key priorities of IATA?

In fulfilling its mission to “represent, lead and serve the airline industry”, IATA develops a wide range of programs, policies, and training.

These initiatives aim to improve the performance of the airline industry in the following areas: safety, security, business, and environmental sustainability.

Where is IATA located?

IATA has its headquarters in Montreal, Canada but also maintains an executive office in Geneva, Switzerland. Regional offices are maintained in Amman, Beijing, Madrid, Miami, and Singapore. IATA also has a significant presence in Brussels, Moscow, Johannesburg, and Washington D.C.

What is an IATA License?

Some travel agents pursue accreditation from IATA in order to be able to sell tickets on behalf of IATA member airlines. These agents also gain access to the Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) from IATA, a system for invoicing between agents, airlines, and other transport providers.