International Air Transport Association (IATA) was founded in Havana, Cuba, on 19 April 1945. It is the prime vehicle for inter-airline cooperation in promoting sale, reliable, secure and economical air services – for the benefit of the world’s consumers. The international scheduled air transport industry is more than 100 times larger than it was in 1945. Few industries can match the dynamism of that growth, which have been much less spectacular without the standards, practices and procedures developed with IATA.
At its founding, IATA had 57 members from 31 nations, mostly in Europe and North America. Today, it has some 275 members from 117 nations in every part of the globe. The modern IATA is the successor to the International Air Traffic Association founder in The Hague. Netherlands in 1919 – the year of the world’s first international scheduled services.
IATA’s head office is in Montreal (Quebec, Canada) and its executive office is in Geneva (Switzerland). IATA also has regional offices around the world.