International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Association du transport aérien international
Asociación de Transporte Aéreo Internacional

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1945-04-19 Havana Cuba


Founded following preliminary meetings of airline operators attached to national delegations at International Civil Aviation Conference, 1944, Chicago IL (USA).

Successor in function to International Air Traffic Association -- Association internationale du trafic aérien, set up 28 Aug 1919, The Hague (Netherlands).

Legal status by Act of Canadian Parliament, first session, 20th Parliament, 9 Sep 1945, with Royal Assent, 18 Dec 1945.

Certain functions, notably those exercised by IATA Traffic Conferences, are stipulated in bilateral air transport agreements between many states.

Originally, any airline which became an Active Member automatically took part in Traffic Conferences, which met regularly to coordinate international tariffs and establish related conditions and procedures. From 1978, the system was restructured to provide increased flexibility for members, such that all members are involved in trade association (non-tariff) activities but participation in coordination of international fares and rates (tariff coordination) is optional.


Represent, lead and serve the airline industry; working together to shape the future growth of a safe, secure and sustainable air transport industry that connects and enriches our world; assist the industry to achieve adequate levels of profitability; provide high quality, value for money, industry-required products and services that meet the needs of the customer; develop cost-effective, environmentally-friendly standards and procedures to facilitate operation of international air transport; identify and articulate common industry positions and support the resolution of key industry issues; provide a working environment which attracts, retains and develops committed employees.


2025-05 | Nairobi, Kenya – IGHC : Ground Handling Conference

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Annual General Meeting; Board of Governors; Chair Committee acts as Steering Group; Strategy and Policy COmmission (SPC); Nominating Committee; Advisory Councils; Secretariat, headed by Director General; 5 Regional Offices.


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GOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and ProductionGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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