International Air Transport Association

The International Air Transport Association (IATA /ˈɑːtə/) is a trade association of the world's airlines founded in 1945. IATA has been described as a cartel since, in addition to setting technical standards for airlines, IATA also organized tariff conferences that served as a forum for price fixing.[1]

International Air Transport Association
AbbreviationIATA
Formation19 April 1945; 76 years ago (1945-04-19) in Havana, Cuba
TypeInternational trade association
Headquarters800, Place Victoria (rue Gauvin),
Montreal, Quebec
Canada
Membership
290 airlines in 120 countries
Willie Walsh
Websitewww.iata.org

Consisting in 2016 of 290 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117 countries, the IATA's member airlines account for carrying approximately 82% of total available seat miles air traffic.[2][3][4] IATA supports airline activity and helps formulate industry policy and standards. It is headquartered in Canada in the city of Montréal, with executive offices in Geneva, Switzerland.[5]