By partnering for mutual benefit, IATA works with governments, international organizations such as the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), and other relevant authorities to help the development of global value chains and to define the correct regulatory framework for the industry. ?Air transport generates incredible social and economic benefits for a lot of different people, governments, national economies, large and small businesses, and travelers who simply want to visit family or enrich their lives being seeing new places and experiencing new cultures.

That is why we believe that by partnering with governments we can work together to coordinate industry and government needs, regulate our industry in a harmonized way and to facilitate the global aviation systems that are so important to modern life. 

IATA Policy on Key Aviation Issues

IATA Economics produce regular analysis on publicy policy issues affecting air transport: public policy analysis

Setting the standards

In cooperation with industry stakeholders we build standards through expertise, and we strive to continuously improve aviation standards. These initiatives in particular have or will have a major impact on air transport: Global standards are at the core of a safe industry and safety is our number one priority.

The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) is a condition for IATA membership. It is used much more broadly—by over 400 airlines worldwide. Airlines on the IOSA registry overall outperform those that have not met the IOSA standard on safety. IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) even smaller (non-IATA) airlines can benefit from the experience of our global standards.

Global standards underpin global connectivity, and because of the IATA distribution system, anybody can buy a ticket in a single currency that will be valid on many carriers for travel anywhere in the world and be confident that it will be accepted! Cargo Security, governments are an essential partner in strengthening further the security of air cargo, while ensuring the vital flow of commerce Smarter Border procedures in accordance with WCO, WTO and ICAO instruments, which take into account security needs and efficient risk management procedures and at the same time ensures that air cargo moves fast and reliably across borders.



When you select IATA, you benefit from our global view and the strategic role we play in the aviation industry. We’ve been the trusted trade association for the world’s airlines for nearly 80 years, but did you know that we support many other key areas of aviation activity?

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