International Air Transport Association

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The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an international industry trade group of airlines headquartered in Montreal, Canada, where the International Civil Aviation Organization is also headquartered.

IATA's mission is to represent, lead, and serve the airline industry. IATA represents some 230 airlines comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic. The Director General and Chief Executive Officer is Giovanni Bisignani. Currently, IATA is present in over 150 countries covered through 101 offices around the globe.

The IATA Head Office are located at 800 Place Victoria (Montreal Stock Exchange Tower) in Montreal since 1977 (having been located at Central Station (Montreal) since its founding) and the executive offices are at the Geneva Airport in Switzerland.



IATA was formed on 19 April 1945, in Havana, Cuba. It is the successor to the International Air Traffic Association, founded in The Hague in 1919, the year of the world's first international scheduled services. At its founding, IATA had 57 members from 31 nations, mostly in Europe and North America. Today it has about 230 members from more than 140 nations in every part of the world.


IATA’s stated mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry.All the Airline rules and regulations are defined by IATA.The main aim of IATA is to provide safe and secure transportation to its passengers.

Its stated aims and objectives are as follows:

• to promote safe, regular and economical air transport for the benefit of the people of the world, to foster air commerce and study the problems connected therewith • to promote means for collaboration among air transport enterprises engaged directly or indirectly in international air transport service • to cooperate with ICAO and other international organisations There is always close association and dialogue between ICAO and IATA. We shall now look at the organisation of IATA. Organisation In order to fulfil its aims and objectives IATA is divided into various departments, each with a specific role to fulfil. We shall be looking at the roles of some of these departments. Traffic Department • Provides a forum for traffic coordination discussions • Services as a central source of traffic information for publishers and members • Lists and verifies services of cargo and travel agents worldwide on behalf of the member airlines • Coordinates training programmes for cargo and travel agents • Arranges centralised billing and reporting of agents' sales • Provides a forum for airlines to resolve scheduling problems • Helps represent the industry on airmail issues • Promotes awareness programmes to combat fraud Legal Department • Provides professional legal advise and interpretations to individual members as required from an airline perspective • Distributes and publishes information on legal or regulatory issues of industry-wide interest and importance • Formulates industry positions vis-à-vis bodies like ICAO, the European Community and individual governments

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