IATA and the 39th ICAO Assembly
The ICAO Assembly, composed of representatives from all Member States is the sovereign body of ICAO. It meets every three years, reviewing the work of the organization, approving its budget and setting policy for the coming triennium. IATA is one of a limited number of key international organizations that are authorized to attend the Assembly as observers.
For the 39th Session of the ICAO Assembly, IATA submitted several working papers, on critical issues such as:
- Airport slot allocation (pdf)
- Taxation (pdf)
- Smarter regulation (pdf)
- Unmanned Aircraft System safety (pdf)
- Blocked airline funds (pdf)
- Unruly passengers (pdf)
A specialized agency of the United Nations, the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) was created in 1944 to promote the safe and orderly growth of international civil aviation throughout the world. Today, ICAO has 191 Member States and the organization's key role is to establish standards, recommended practices and guidance materials that ensure aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as environmental protection. IATA, as the global airline industry association, has a long history of cooperation with ICAO.
The fact that IATA's headquarters is located in Montréal, mere steps from the ICAO building, is a clear statement of our commitment to this relationship. Through our joint efforts, we have cooperated on the production of standards and recommended practices in many areas.
The close collaboration between IATA and ICAO, and by extension between industry and government, is critical to maximizing the social and economic benefits of aviation – from job creation to greater cultural understanding. Industry and government must work together with a common vision and purpose.