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International Air Transport Association (IATA)

  • Type: Association

About Us

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the trade association for the world’s airlines, representing over 300 airlines or 83% of total scheduled traffic. We support many areas of aviation activity and help formulate industry policy on critical aviation issues.

IATA is led by Willie Walsh, Director General & CEO since March 2021.

To 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

IATA membership: Some 300 airlines in 120 countries.
IATA members represent 83% of total scheduled traffic (revenue tonne-kilometers, 2018)
IATA members’ total freight (scheduled) – 55 million tonnes in 2018, of which 38 million tonnes were international
IATA members’ total freight tonne-kilometers (scheduled) – 231 billion tonne-kilometers in 2018, of which 204 billion tonne-kilometers were international
IATA members’ total passengers 2018 (scheduled) – 2.9 billion, of which 1.3 billion were international
IATA members’ total revenue passenger-kilometers 2018 (scheduled) – 6.5 trillion passenger-kilometers, of which 4.4 trillion passenger-kilometers were international

IATA was founded in Havana, Cuba, in April 1945. More on IATA's history

IATA Offices 
IATA has a presence in 56 cities in 53 countries.
Head Office: Montreal, Canada
Executive Office: Geneva, Switzerland
Regional Offices in Amman, Beijing, Madrid, Miami, Singapore
Also significant presence in Brussels, Moscow, Johannesburg and Washington, D.C.