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IATA's Industry Priorities and Targets

IATA’s major priorities for 2017 were set by the association’s Board of Governors during their December 2016 session.​

Distribution and Payment Transformation

Reduce Airport and ANSP Charges, Fuel Fees and Taxes

Reduce charges, fees and taxes by US$800m as well as proposed cost increases by 27% for 2017-2018.

Fast Travel

Remove existing regulatory restrictions for Fast Travel solutions. Enable solutions such as: Mobile Boarding Passes, Home Printed Bag Tags and Electronic Bag Tags for 75% of global traffic. 

Safety in Air Cargo: Lithium Batteries

  • Contribute to the development of new packaging performance standards.
  • Publish robust guidelines with the UPU to improve mail handling of lithium batteries.
  • Evaluate a potential seal of quality program for e-commerce platforms that sell lithium battery products.
  • Establish a Dangerous Goods incident reporting process and database.
  • Engage government and industry stakeholders to facilitate the development of advanced screening technologies for dangerous goods, including lithium, as well as improve enforcement on non-compliance in the supply chain.

Normal Aircraft Tracking and ICAO Annex Amendments

Work with ICAO to:

  • Ensure any new Standard and Recommended Practices (SARPs) are 'fit for purpose' as determined by the Operations Committee.
  • Publish guidance material assisting regulators, ANSPs and operators with the introduction of Normal Aircraft Tracking regulations.

IOSA Transformation

Improving the Regulatory and Legal Environment

  • Value of aviation – support from governments/stakeholders relating to specific regional issues:
    • Africa - connectivity: six new states to commit to join Single African Air Transport Market and introduction of six new intra-Africa routes.
    • LATAM - infrastructure investment: statements of support from governments in three key markets.
    • ASPAC - infrastructure investment: improvements in policies, plans or regulations for two countries.
    • EUR - airspace efficiency: statements of support from two states, commitment from at least two states to develop a national airspace strategy aligned with IATA recommended principles, with at least one country committing to improve business continuity.
  • Smarter regulation​: ensure smarter regulation principles are used by four governments or international organizations at regulatory process level or in specific regulatory proposals.
  • Consumer protection: delay damaging actions or align regulatory movements to the industry principles in five watch-list countries.
  • Unruly passengers: obtain MP14 ratification by five additional states.
  • MC99: obtain MC99 ratification in six of the top 20 largest remaining air cargo markets.​

Towards a Global Agreement for CNG2020

Ensure that ICAO's work on the adoption of SARPs, policies and guidance on Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV), Emissions Units criteria and Registries for the Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) takes into account the interests of the airline industry.

Provide capacity building and outreach for the aviation industry to help airlines prepare for the implementation of the CORSIA by conducting a minimum of five regional workshops.

Promoting Sustainable Aviation Fuel Projects

Engage in five advocacy campaigns where policy leadership is required in the interests of member airlines, including contribution to two airport focused campaigns.

Develop an industry driven solution to increase demand for sustainable alternative fuels on commercially viable basis.


  • Monitor and maintain high levels of membership satisfaction.
  • Increase IATA representation of global traffic from 83% to 84% by attracting new members including new model airlines. 

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