International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Association du transport aérien international
Asociación de Transporte Aéreo Internacional

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1945-04 Havana Cuba


Apr 1945, Havana (Cuba), 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. EU Transparency Register: 1805107590-28.


Represent, lead and serve the airline industry; promote safe, reliable and secure air services; achieve recognition of the importance of a healthy air transport industry to worldwide social and economic development; 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.


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Annual General Meeting of active members appoints Board of Governors (meets twice a year), comprising 31 members. Accountable to the Board: Chair Committee (meeting twice a year) which acts as Steering Group and comprises 5 Board members - Chairman, Chairman-Elect, Past Chairman, Chairman of the Strategy and Policy Committee and previous Past Chairman of the Board; Strategy and Policy Committee (SPC) (meeting twice a year) comprises up to 11 members including past, present and incoming Chairmen of the Board.

Standing Committees reporting to SPC (4):

'Financial Committee', including:

  • User Charges Panel;
  • IATA Taxation Panel;
  • Risk and Insurance Managers Panel;
  • Fuel Trade Panel - Aviation Fuel Working Group;
  • Clearing House Panel;
  • Revenue Accounting Panel;
  • Airlines Economics Task Force;
  • Accounting Policy Task Force;
  • EMU Task Force.

'Industry Affairs Committee', including:

  • IATA Passenger Traffic Conferences;
  • IATA Schedule Coordination Conference;
  • Scheduling Procedures Committee - Flexibility Working Group;
  • Schedules Information Standards Committee;
  • Ad Hoc Task Forces:
  • Facilitation Panel.

'Operations Committee', including:

  • Regional Technical Conferences (Africa, Asia/Pacific, Europe, Latin America/Caribbean, Middle East, North Atlantic/North America) - Regional Coordinating Groups, Asia/Pacific Airport Steering Group, European Airport Steering Group, Airport Consultative Committee;
  • Engineering and Maintenance Committee - Airport Maintenance Seminar Programme Committee, Aircraft Recovery Seminar Programme Committee, 5 Working Groups;
  • Flight Operations Committee - 5 Working Groups,
  • Safety Committee - 2 Working Groups,
  • Security Committee.

'Cargo Committee', including:

  • Cargo Executive Sub-Committee;
  • Cargo Facilitation Panel.

Special Committees responding to SPC (2):

  • 'Environment Task Force', including:
  • CAEP Issues Sub-Group;
  • Operational Emissions Sub-Group;
  • Environment Economic Issues Sub-Group.
  • 'Legal Advisory Council', including:
  • Legal Working Group on Conditions of Carriage;
  • Legal Working Group on Cargo;
  • Working Group on Unruly Passengers.

IATA Traffic Conferences comprise representatives of all member carriers interested in operation of the routes concerned:

  • Passenger Services Conference (PSC) (annual) comprises all members of IATA Trade Association and includes -
    • -PSC Steering Group;
    • -Ticketing Committee;
    • -Reservations Committee;
    • -Traffic Partners Standards Council;
    • -Airport Services Committee;
    • -Passenger and Airport Data Interchange Standards Board (PADIS).
  • Passenger Agency Conference (annual) comprises all members of IATA Trade Association and includes -
    • -PAConf Steering Group;
    • -BSP Committee;
    • -IATA/UFTAA Consultative Council;
    • -Regional Joint Councils/Assemblies.
  • Cargo Services Conference (annual, part of IATA Cargo Week), comprises all member airlines and includes -
    • -CSC Management Group;
    • -Interline Unit Load Devices Control User Group;
    • -Cargo Business Processes Panel;
    • -Cargo Data Interchange Task Force;
    • -Cargo Auto ID Task Force;
    • -Live Animals and Perishables Board;
    • -Dangerous Goods Board;
    • -Airmail Panel;
    • -ULD Panel.
  • Cargo Agency Conference (annual) comprises all member airlines and includes -
    • -CAConf Steering Group;
    • -Cargo Accounts Settlements Systems (CASS) Committee;
    • -Regional Joint Councils/Assemblies;
    • -IATA/FIATA Consultative Council.
  • Schedule Coordination Conference (twice a year) includes - Scheduling Procedures Committee.
  • Passenger Tariff Coordination Conference (meeting as required) includes -
    • -Passenger Tariff Steering Group;
    • -Resolution Advisory Panel.
  • Cargo Tariff Coordination Conference (meeting as required) includes - Cargo Tariff Conferences Steering Group.

Reporting to the Director General:

  • 'Airline Consumer Forum (ACF)' (twice a year) was set up 1986 and comprises 7 airlines, 9 international consumer organizations and 7 airline/airport organizations, headed by Chairman and Vice-Chairman;
  • 'Aviation Regulatory Watch Group (ARWG)' (meeting annually) was set up 1987 and comprises acknowledged experts with a background in the airline industry (50%), government agencies, regional associations and consultants.


Secretariat, headed by Director General, with offices at Head Office in Montréal (Canada) and main executive office in Geneva (Switzerland). There are also 5 regional offices with a total of 54 offices worldwide responsible for agency services, billing and settlement plans and cargo account settlement systems. Departments for:

  • Corporate Secretary;
  • Chief Economist;
  • Legal Services;
  • Human Resources;
  • Corporate Communications;
  • Member and External Relations;
  • Safety and Flight Operations;
  • Marketing and Commercial Services;
  • Financial and Distribution Services;
  • Corporate Services.


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