International Air Transport Association

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International Air Transport Association
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  • Promotion of the safe, planned and economical transport of people and goods in the air
  • Promoting cooperation between all companies involved in international air transport services
  • External representation of the aviation industry
Chair: Carsten Spohr (CEO)
Establishment date: April 19, 1945
Number of members: 300
Seat : Montreal , CanadaCanadaCanada 

The International Air Transport Association ( IATA pronounced [ aɪˈɑːtə ], English for International Air Transport Association ) was founded as the umbrella organization of airlines in April 1945 in Havana , Cuba . It is the successor organization to the International Air Traffic Association founded on August 28, 1919 in The Hague . Its headquarters are in Montreal , Canada .

The goal of IATA is to "represent and serve" the air transport industry. The industry association aims to promote understanding of the concerns of the air transport industry and to raise “awareness of the benefits” that aviation brings to the global economy. Another goal is to promote the safe, regular and economical transport of people and goods in the air and to promote cooperation between all companies involved in international air transport services.

The organization has 300 airlines that operate around 94% of all international flights. Members are large or national airlines that operate international and intercontinental flights. Low-cost airlines , pure charter airlines and companies that only operate domestic flights are often not members of IATA.

IATA enters into so-called strategic partnerships with airports, flight authorities, travel agencies, supply and ground handling companies, companies in the aviation industry and other interested parties, of which more than 300 exist.

In Germany the organization maintains a representative office in Frankfurt am Main , in Switzerland in Geneva , and for Austria the office in Prague is responsible.


The IATA tries to simplify the processes in the aviation business. This concerns z. B. the standardization of tickets and luggage transport. In this way, passengers can easily travel with several airlines with a single booking without having to worry about their luggage. The same applies to freight handling.

With the exception of the USA, the association organizes the billing of flight tickets issued by travel agencies with an IATA license worldwide. More than 400 million tickets are issued through the system every year. In addition, the IATA influences the price formation in international air traffic.

It creates anonymised statistics for the aviation companies so that they can measure themselves against other market participants.

IATA codes ensure that airports , airlines and aircraft types can be identified . IATA codes for airports are three-digit, for airlines two-digit. There are “controlled duplicates”, and codes can also have been assigned to several companies with a time difference; therefore IATA codes do not allow a clear assignment, a shortcoming that brings the use of the ICAO codes extended by one digit into discussion.

In addition, security standards are defined and also controlled, which are binding for all members.

The organization also offers support for startup airlines, authorities, airports, etc.

IATA is not only funded through membership fees (at least $ 15,000 per year), but also through the sale of services, manuals, statistics and electronic documents.


The establishment of the predecessor organization in 1919, i.e. H. Just one year after the end of the First World War , it showed that the increased economic possibilities of air traffic, which were made possible due to the technical advances achieved during the war, were soon recognized.

Shortly before the end of the Second World War , IATA was re-established on April 19, 1945 in the Hotel Nacional in Havana. At the time of its re-establishment, it had 57 members from 31 predominantly European and North American nations.

One of its main functions was price setting and performance agreements in international air traffic, which were effective until the 1990s or until around 2006 and then - like other similar regulations - were terminated for anti-trust reasons.

IATA originally planned to introduce electronic flight tickets worldwide by the end of 2007. This should bring savings of up to $ 3 billion annually for the international air transport industry. This translates into a saving of $ 9 per booking and 50,000 fewer trees felled per year. For this reason, on August 27, 2007, 16.5 million tickets were ordered for the last time from seven printers. By May 31, 2008, the paper tickets had been distributed to 60,000 travel agencies and since June 1, 2008 only so-called e-tickets have been issued.

Traffic Conference Areas

In order to meet the interests of regional needs, the IATA divides the world into three conference areas, the so-called traffic conference areas , in which the respective airlines take part. The assigned areas do not correspond to the usual geographical subdivision. This is why one speaks of IATA geography . The major airlines are participants in all of these conferences.

These three areas are:

  • TC1 - First Conference Area: Greenland, North America, Central America, South America, and Hawaii
  • TC2 - Second Conference Area: Europe, Africa and parts of Asia
    divided into three sub-regions
  • TC3 - Third Conference Area: Asia and Australia

IATA clearing house

The IATA Clearing House (ICH), based in Geneva, is the clearing center for the IATA airlines. Outgoing and incoming invoices from each company are netted here. The interline agreements between the airlines form the basis for the billing . This means that an airline only has to settle with the clearing house and no longer with the other airlines. In turn, the ICH settles with the respective airline clearing house (ACH).


Current members

The following airlines are members of IATA:

airline IATA code IATA prefix code ICAO code country Country code according to ISO
ABSA Cargo Airline M3 549 TUS Brazil BR
Adria Airways JP 165 ADR Slovenia SI
Aegean Airlines A3 390 AEE Greece GR
Aer Lingus EGG 053 A Ireland IE
Aero Contractors NG 708 NIG Nigeria NG
Aero República P5 845 RBP Colombia CO
Aeroflot SU 555 AFL Russia RU
Aerolíneas Argentinas AR 044 ARG Argentina AR
Aerolineas Galapagos 2K 547 GLG Ecuador EC
Aeroméxico AT THE 139 AMX Mexico MX
Afriqiyah Airways 8U 546 AAW Libya LR
Aigle Azur (1970) ZI 439 AAF France FR
Air Algérie AH 124 DAH Algeria AR
Air Arabia G9 514 ABY UAE AE
Air Astana KC 465 KZR Kazakhstan concentration camp
Air Austral UU 760 REU Reunion RE
Air Baltic BT 657 BTI Latvia LV
Air Botswana BP 636 BOT Botswana BW
Air Calédonie TY 190 TPC New Caledonia NC
Air Canada AC 014 ACA Canada CA
Air Cairo SM 381 MSC Egypt EG
Air China CA 999 CCA China CN
Air Corsica (formerly Compagnie Corse Mediterranée or CCM Airlines) XK 146 CCM France FR
Air Europa UX 996 AEA Spain IT
Air France AF 057 AFR France FR
Air India AI 098 AIC India IN
Air Koryo JS 120 COR North Korea KP
Air Macau NX 675 AMU Makao (SAR), China CN
Air Madagascar MD 258 MDG Madagascar MG
Air Malta KM 643 AMC Malta MT
Air Mauritius MK 239 MAU Mauritius MU
Air Moldova 9U 572 MLD Moldova MD
Air Namibia SW 186 NMB Namibia N / A
Air New Zealand NZ 086 ANZ New Zealand NZ
Air Niugini PX 656 ANG Papua New Guinea PG
Air Nostrum YW 694 ANE Spain IT
Air Serbia JU 115 ASL Serbia RS
Air Seychelles HM 061 SEY Seychelles SC
Air Tahiti VT 135 VTA French Polynesia PF
Air Tahiti Nui TN 244 THT French Polynesia PF
Air Transat TS 649 TSC Canada CA
Air Vanuatu NF 218 AVN Vanuatu VU
AirBridgeCargo Airlines RU 580 ABW Russia RU
Aircalin SB 063 ACI New Caledonia NC
Airlink (formerly South African Airlink) 4Z 749 LNK South Africa ZA
Alaska Airlines AS 027 ASA United States US
Alitalia AZ 055 AZA Italy IT
All Nippon Airways NH 205 ANA Japan JP
AlMasria Universal Airlines UJ 110 LMU Egypt EG
ALS - Aircraft Leasing Services K4 Kenya KE
American Airlines AA 001 EEL United States US
Arik Air W3 725 ERA Nigeria NG
Arkia Israeli Airlines IZ 238 AIZ Israel IL
Asiana Airlines OZ 988 AAR South Korea KR
Atlas Air 5Y 369 GTI United States US
AtlasGlobal (formerly Atlasjet) KK 610 KKK Turkey TK
Austral AU 143 AUT Argentina AR
Austrian Airlines OS 257 AUA Austria AT
Avianca AV 134 AVA Colombia CO
Avianca Brazil O6 247 ONE Brazil BR
Azerbaijan Airlines J2 771 AHY Azerbaijan AZ
Azul Linhas Aéreas AD 577 AZU Brazil BR
Bahamasair UP 111 Bras Bahamas BS
Bangkok Airways PG 829 BKP Thailand TH
Belavia Belarusian Airlines B2 628 BRU Belarus BY
BH Air 8H 366 BGH Bulgaria BG
Biman Bangladesh Airlines BG 997 BBC Bangladesh BD
Binter canarias NT 474 IBB Spain IT
Blue Air 0B 475 BMS Romania RO
Blue Panorama Airlines BV 004 BPA Italy IT
bmi regional BM 480 BMR Great Britain GB
Boliviana de Aviación IF 930 BOV Bolivia BO
British Airways BA 125 BAW Great Britain GB
Brussels Airlines SN 082 BEL Belgium BE
Bulgaria Air FB 623 LZB Bulgaria BG
CAL Cargo Airlines 5C 700 ICL Israel IL
Cargojet Airways W8 489 CJT Canada CA
Cargolux CV 172 CLX Luxembourg LU
Caribbean Airlines BW 106 BWA Jamaica JM
Carpatair V3 021 KRP Romania RO
Cathay Pacific CX 160 CPA Hong Kong (SAR), China HK
China Airlines CI 297 CAL Taipei TW
China Cargo Airlines CK 112 CKK China CN
China Eastern MU 781 CES China CN
China Postal Airlines CF 804 CYZ China CN
China Southern Airlines CZ 784 CSN China CN
CityJet WX 689 BCY Ireland IE
Comair MN 161 CAW South Africa ZA
Condor DE 881 CFG Germany DE
Copa Airlines CM 230 CMP Panama PA
Corendon Airlines XC 395 CAI Turkey TR
Corsair International (formerly Corsairfly) SS 923 CRL France FR
Croatia Airlines OU 831 CTN Croatia MR
Cubana CU 136 CUB Cuba CU
Czech Airlines OK 064 CSA Czech Rep. CZ
Delta Air Lines DL 006 DAL United States US
DHL Air UK D0 936 DHK Great Britain GB
DHL International Aviation ME IT 155 DHX Bahrain bra
Dniproavia Z6 181 UDN Ukraine UA
Cathay Dragon KA 043 HDA Hong Kong (SAR), China HK
Egypt Air MS 077 MSR Egypt EG
El Al LY 114 ELY Israel IL
Emirates EK 176 UAE UAE AE
Ethiopian Airlines ET 071 ETH Ethiopia ET
Etihad Airways EY 607 ETD UAE AE
EuroAtlantic Airways YU 551 MMZ Portugal PT
European Air Transport Leipzig QY 615 BCS Germany DE
Eurowings EW 104 EEC Germany DE
EVA Air BR 695 EVA Taipei TW
Federal Express Corporation FX 023 FDX United States US
Fiji Airways (formerly Air Pacific) FJ 260 FJI Fiji FJ
Finnair AY 105 FIN Finland FI
flybe BE 267 BEE Great Britain GB
Freebird Airlines FH FHY Turkey TR
Garuda Indonesia GA 126 GIA Indonesia ID
Georgian Airways A9 606 TGZ Georgia GE
Germania ST 246 GMI Germany DE
Gol Linhas Aéreas G3 127 GLO Brazil BR
Gulf Air GF 072 GFA Bahrain bra
Hahn Air Lines MR 169 HHN Germany DE
Hainan Airlines HU 880 CHH China CN
Hawaiian Airlines HA 173 HAL United States US
Hi Fly 5K HFY Portugal PT
HK Express (formerly Heli Hong Kong or Hong Kong Express Airways) UO 128 HKE Hong Kong (SAR), China HK
Hong Kong Airlines HX 851 CRK Hong Kong (SAR), China HK
Iberia IB 075 IBE Spain IT
Icelandair FI 108 ICE Iceland IS
InselAir 7i 958 INC Curacao CW
Interair South Africa D6 625 ILN South Africa ZA
Interjet 4O 837 AIJ Mexico MX
InterSky 3L 222 ISK Austria AT
Iran Air IR 096 IRA Iran IR
Iran Aseman Airlines EP 815 IRC Iran IR
Israir 6H 818 ISR Israel IL
Japan Airlines JL 131 YAL Japan JP
Jazeera Airways J9 486 JZR Kuwait KW
Jetblue Airways B6 279 JBU United States US
Jordan Aviation R5 151 JAV Jordan JO
JSC Nordavia-RA 5N 316 AUL Russia RU
Juneyao Airlines HO 018 DKH China CN
Kenya Airways KQ 706 KQA Kenya KE
Kish Air Y9 780 IRK Iran IR
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines KL 074 KLM Netherlands NL
Korean Air KE 180 CAL Korea, Republic KR
Kuwait Airways KU 229 KAC Kuwait KW
Lacsa LR 133 LRC Costa Rica CR
LAM TM 068 LAM Mozambique MZ
LATAM Airlines LA 045 LAN Chile CL
LAN Argentina 4M 469 DSM Argentina AR
LAN Colombia 4C 035 ARE Colombia CO
LAN Cargo UC 145 LCO United States US
LAN Ecuador XL 462 LNE Ecuador EC
LAN Perú LP 544 LPE Peru PE
LIAT Airlines LI 140 LIA Antigua and Barbuda AG
LOT Polskie Line Lotnicze LO 080 LOT Poland PL
Lufthansa LH 220 DLH Germany DE
Lufthansa Cargo LH 020 GEC Germany DE
Lufthansa CityLine CL 683 CLH Germany DE
Luxair LG 149 LGL Luxembourg LU
Mahan Air W5 537 IRM Iran IR
Malaysia Airlines MH 232 MAS Malaysia MY
Malmo Aviation TF 276 SCW Sweden SE
Mandarin Airlines AE 803 MDA China CN
Martinair Cargo MP 129 MPH Netherlands NL
MAS Air M7 865 MAA Mexico MX
MEA ME 076 MEA Lebanon LB
MIAT Mongolian Airlines OM 289 MGL Mongolia MN
Montenegro Airlines YM 409 MGX Montenegro ME
Myanmar Airways International 8M 599 MMA Myanmar MM
Nesma Airlines NE 477 NMA Egypt EG
Nile Air NP 325 NIA Egypt EG
Nippon Cargo Airlines concentration camp 933 NCA Japan JP
Nouvelair BJ 796 LBT Tunisia TN
Olympic Air OA 050 OAL Greece GR
Oman Air WY 910 OAS Oman OM
Onur Air 8Q 066 OHY Turkey TR
PAL PR 079 PAL Philippines PH
Pegasus Airlines Pc 624 PGT Turkey TR
PIA PK 214 PIA Pakistan PK
Precision Air PW 031 PRF Tanzania TZ
PrivatAir PV PTI Switzerland CH
Qantas Airways QF 081 QFA Australia AU
Qatar Airways QR 157 QTR Qatar QA
Rossiya - Russian Airlines FV 195 SDM Russia RU
Royal Air Maroc AT 147 R.A.M. Morocco MA
Royal Brunei BI 672 RBA Brunei BN
Royal Jordanian RJ 512 RJA Jordan JO
RwandAir WB 459 RWD Rwanda RW
SAA SA 083 SAA South Africa ZA
Safair FA 640 SFR South Africa ZA
Safi Airways 4Q 741 SFW Afghanistan AF
Santa Barbara Airlines S3 249 BBR Venezuela VE
SAS SK 117 SAS Sweden SE
SATA Air Açores SP 737 SAT Portugal PT
SATA Internacional S4 331 RZO Portugal PT
Saudi Arabian Airlines (temporarily Saudia) SV 065 SVA Saudi Arabia SA
Shandong Airlines SC 324 CDG China CN
Shanghai Airlines FM 774 CSH China CN
Shenzhen Airlines ZH 479 CSZ China CN
Singapore Airlines (SIA) SQ 618 SIA Singapore SG
SIA Cargo SQ SIA Singapore SG
Sichuan Airlines 3U 876 CSC China CN
Silk Way West Airlines 7L 501 AZG Azerbaijan AZ
Silk Air MI 629 SLK Singapore SG
South African Express Airways XZ EXY South Africa ZA
Sky Airline H2 605 SKU Chile CL
SriLankan Airlines (formerly Air Lanka) UL 603 ALK Sri Lanka LK
Sudan Airways SD 200 SOUTH Sudan SD
Sunexpress XQ 564 SXS Turkey TR
Suriname Airways PY 192 SLM Surinam SR
Swiss LX 724 SWR Switzerland CH
Syrian Arab Airlines RB 070 SYR Syria SY
S7 Airlines (formerly Siberia Airlines) S7 421 SBI Russia RU
TAAG Angola Airlines DT 118 DTA Angola AO
TACA TA 202 TAI El Salvador SV
TACA Peru T0 530 TPU Peru PE
TACV Cabo Verde Airlines VR 696 TCV Cape Verde CV
TAM Airlines PZ 692 LAP Paraguay PY
TAM Linhas Aéreas YY 957 TAM Brazil BR
TAME - Línea Aérea del Ecuador EQ 269 TAE Ecuador EC
TAP Portugal TP 047 TAP Portugal PT
TAROM RO 281 RED Romania RO
Tassili Airlines SF 515 DTH Algeria AR
Thai Airways International TG 217 THA Thailand TH
Turkish Airlines TK 235 THY Turkey TR
Tianjin Airlines GS 826 GCR China CN
TNT Airways 3V 756 TAY Belgium BE
TransAsia Airways GE 170 TNA Taipei TW
TUIfly X3 617 TUI Germany DE
Tunisair (formerly Tunis Air) TU 199 TAR Tunisia TN
Ukraine International Airlines PS 566 AUI Ukraine UA
United Airlines UA 016 UAL United States US
UPS Airlines 5X 406 UPS United States US
Ural Airlines U6 262 SVR Russia RU
UTair UT 298 UTA Russia RU
Uzbekistan Airways HY 250 UZB Uzbekistan UZ
Vietnam Airlines VN 738 HVN Vietnam VN
Virgin Atlantic Airways VS 932 VIR Great Britain GB
Virgin Australia VA 795 VAU Australia AU
VLM Airlines VG 693 VLM Belgium BE
Volaris Y4 036 VOI Mexico MX
Volga-Dnepr Airlines VI 412 VDA Russia RU
Vueling VY 030 VLG Spain IT
Wamos Air EB 460 PLM Spain IT
White Airways (White colored by you) WI 097 WHT Portugal PT
Widerøe's Flyveselskap WF 701 WIF Norway NO
Xiamen Airlines MF 731 CXA China CN
Yemenia IY 635 IYE Yemen YE

former members

The following airlines were members of IATA:

airline IATA code IATA prefix code ICAO code country Country code according to ISO
Aerosvit Airlines VV 870 AEW Ukraine UA
Air Armenia QN 907 ARR Armenia AT THE
Air Cargo Germany 6U 730 ACX Germany DE
Air Jamaica JM 201 AJM Jamaica JM
Air Nigeria (formerly Virgin Nigeria) VK 786 VGN Nigeria NG
Air One AP 867 ADH Italy IT
Air Uganda U7 926 UGA Uganda Basement
Air Zimbabwe AROUND 168 AZW Zimbabwe ZW
AnadoluJet KT AJA Turkey TK
Armavia U8 669 RNV Armenia AT THE
Belle Air Europe L9 BAL Italy IT
B&H Airlines YES 995 Receipt Bosnia and Herzegovina BA
Blue wings QW 049 BWG Germany DE
bmi BD 236 BMA Great Britain GB
Caspian Airlines RV 879 CPN Iran IR
Cimber Sterling (formerly Cimber Air) QI 647 CIM Denmark DK
Cirrus Airlines C9 251 RUS Germany DE
Continental Airlines CO 005 COA United States US
Continental Micronesia CS 596 CMI Guam GU
Cyprus Airways CY 048 CYP Cyprus CY
Denim Airways 3D 490 DNM Netherlands NL
European Air Transport QY 615 BCS Belgium BE
Hapag-Lloyd HF 617 HLF Germany DE
Hellas Jet HJ 681 HEJ Greece GR
Hemus Air YOU 748 HMS Bulgaria BG
Indian Airlines IC 058 IAC India IN
JALways JO 708 JAZ Japan JP
Lauda Air NG 231 LDA Austria AT
LTU LT 266 LTU Germany DE
Libyan Airlines (formerly Libyan Arab Airlines) LN 148 LAA Libya LY
Malév MA 182 MAH Hungary HU
Mexicana MX 132 MXA Mexico MX
PLUNA PU 286 PUA Uruguay HU
JSC Aircompany Yakutia R3 849 SYL Russia RU
Silk Way Airlines ZP 463 AZQ Azerbaidian AZ
Skyways Express JZ 752 SKX Sweden SE
Spanair JK 680 JKK Spain IT
Syphax Airlines FS 393 SYA Tunisia TN
US Airways US 037 United States United States US
Vladivostok Avia XF 277 VLK Russia RU
Suparna Airlines Y8 841 YZR China CN


  • General Director

Alexandre de Juniac

  • Board
    • Carsten Spohr (Chair)
    • Vitaly Saveliev
    • Calin Rovinescu
    • María José Hidalgo Gutiérrez
    • Benjamin Smith
    • Yuji Hirako
    • Douglas Parker
    • Anco van der Werff
    • Tang Kin Wing Augustus
    • Liu Shaoyong
    • Wang Changshun
    • Pedro Heilbron
    • Tewolde GebreMariam
    • Donald F. Colleran
    • Luis Gallego Martín
    • Yuji Akasaka
    • Robin Hayes
    • Walter Cho
    • Enrique Cueto
    • Rafal Milczarski
    • Mohamad El-Hout
    • Mehmet Tevfik Nane
    • Alan Joyce
    • Akbar Al Baker
    • Rickard Gustafson
    • Sami Ali Sindi
    • Goh Choon Phong
    • Ajay Singh
    • Oscar Munoz

See also

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. ^ International Air Transport Association: Membership of the Board of Governors. March 3, 2020, accessed April 2, 2020 .
  2. ^ International Air Transport Association: The Founding of IATA. Retrieved April 2, 2020 .
  3. a b c IATA: IATA Members. Retrieved April 2, 2020 .
  4. - Mission (English) accessed 3 June 2010
  5. Markus Saurer, Die Volkswirtschaft 6-2007, page 32
  6. IATA Fact Sheet: Flex Fares ( Memento from February 8, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), accessed on August 18, 2019
  7. - E-ticketing (English) accessed 14 January 2011
  8. - Last round for the paper ticket August 27, 2007
  9. ^ International Air Transport Association: Membership of the Board of Governors. March 3, 2020, accessed April 2, 2020 .