IATA collaborates with airports worldwide to ensure infrastructure development and charges adhere to established principles. We look forward to working with you to establish long-term strategies and to address near-term issues.
Ensuring a fair, neutral and transparent allocation of airport slots at the worlds’ most congested airports is essential for airlines, airports and consumers. The Worldwide Airport Slot Guidelines (WASG) is the foundation of the global slot allocation process. It is published jointly by IATA, Airports Council International (ACI) and the Worldwide Airport Coordinators Group (WWACG).
Please see the List of slot coordinated and facilitated airports (xls)
Airports running commercial operations are eligible for an IATA code when requested by an airline or a computer reservation system.
- See how to apply for a location identifier code
- Looking for an airport's code? Check out our Airport/Airline Code Search
Cargo handling is performed at thousands of airports all over the world by hundreds of companies, big and small. IATA actively drives the development of ground handling operations standards, best-practice processes and procedures and promotes global consistency and harmonization.:
Airport Charges & Performance
Airports are an essential part of the aviation supply chain and the delivery of quality infrastructure and services that airlines and passengers need is critical to the flying experience. IATA engages with airports to balance this with cost-efficiency improvements. More about IATA airport engagement.
Airport planning and infrastructure development must support safe, functional, capacity-optimized and user-friendly airports.
IATA provides planning expertise and a global perspective to ensure that airport projects gain early airline community involvement and produce facilities that are demand-led, fit-for-purpose and cost effective to develop and operate. See what IATA has in place to support airport development.
NEXTT (New Experience Travel Technologies) looks at the future of travel, creating a common vision that encompasses the projects and concepts affecting airport infrastructure. This joint initiative with ACI allows us to challenge the ways in which the industry operates today and unlock the benefits of coordinating technology adoption. Find out more at nextt.iata.org
Our security programs:
- Security Management Systems (SeMS) and Facilitation and Passenger Data
- API, PNR... discover our facilitation initiatives
Ground Handling Safety
The IATA Safety Audit for Ground Operations (ISAGO) is an essential factor for safety on the ground, benefiting airports too. See on the ISAGO registry which ground handlers are ISAGO-certified for your airport.
With around 900,000 aircraft ULDs in service representing a replacement value of over USD $1 Billion, ULDs are expensive assets that require correct handling. Many people in the industry do not know that ULDs are aircraft parts and directly contribute to flight safety. Help us raise awareness with the ULD Safety Campaign
Publications for airports
COVID-19 & 2021 UPDATES: IATA Manuals include all necessary information about new regulations taking effect as of 2021 as well as COVID-19 changes made to the regulations and how they impact shipping and cargo operations. Learn more
- Airport Development Reference Manual (ADRM): guidance on designing airport facilities
- Airport Handling Manual
- IATA Ground Operations Manual (IGOM)
- Passenger Airport Data Interchange (PADIS) Message Standards Documents
- World Air Transport Statistics (WATS): complete statistical picture of the airline industry
- 20 Year Passenger Forecast
We proposes efficient services to airports, central stakeholders of the aviation industry.
Airport, Passenger & Security consulting: whether it is to build a new airport, add facilities or expand your market, our experts will ensure you meet all requirements for safety, security, efficiency and functionality.
- Airport Intelligence Services (AirportIS): the most powerful market intelligence and analysis tool for airports. Reliable traffic data and timely schedule information combining total market supply and demand in a single user-friendly platform.
- World Air Transport Statistics: have a complete statistical picture of the airline industry.
- Aviation Charges Intelligence Center (ACIC): Research, compare and validate aviation charges while saving countless hours and thousands in unnecessary costs!
- SIS e-invoicing: e-invoicing for core suppliers and airlines with optional settlement services.
- Enhancement & Financing (E&F) Services: increased recovery rates, reduced administrative costs and improved financial reporting.
IATA provides aviation training to thousands of professionals each year, helping to build careers and ensure sustainability throughout the industry. Our courses and diplomas address airport planning, operations and management subjects, providing tools to meet growing infrastructure needs and competition.
Featured courses for Airports
- Airport Strategic Management (Classroom, 10 days)
Examine the challenges of managing airports and learn how to optimize your business performance accordingly.
- Airport Development and Infrastructure Design (Classroom, 5 days)
Plan and expand airports with the help of IATA best practices and the latest Airport Development Reference Manual
- Airport Master Planning (Classroom, 5 days)
Understand the airport master planning process and the key principles for creating a plan that flexibly protects an airport’s operations and development over an extended period-of-time
- Basic Airside Safety (Distance Learning)
An interactive, flexible and cost-effective way to learn how to implement best practices in airside safety.
- Emergency Planning and Response for Airports (Classroom, 5 days)
Learn how to prepare and manage your team's response to airport emergencies by following ICAO and FAA standards and recommended practices
- Aviation Security Awareness (Distance Learning)
Build solid skills in aviation security, its regulations, concepts and recommended practices.