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By partnering for mutual benefit, IATA works with governments, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) and other relevant authorities to help define the correct regulatory framework for the industry. ​Air transport generates incredible social and economic benefits for a lot of different people, governments, national economies, large and small businesses, and travelers who simply want to visit family or enrich their lives being seeing new places and experiencing new cultures.

That is why we believe that by partnering with governments we can work together to regulate our industry in a harmonized way facilitating the global aviation systems that is so important to modern life. Therefore our smarter regulation campaign is aimed at working with governments to drive this agenda forward.

IATA Policy on Key Aviation Issues

Setting the standards

In cooperation with industry stakeholders we build standards through expertise, and we strive to continuously improve aviation standards. These initiatives in particular have or will have a major impact on air transport:

  • Global standards are at the core of a safe industry and safety is our number one priority.
  • The IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) is a condition for IATA membership. It is used much more broadly—by
    over 400 airlines worldwide.  Airlines on the IOSA registry overall outperform those that have not met the IOSA standard on safety.
  • IATA Standard Safety Assessment (ISSA) even smaller (non-IATA) airlines can benefit from the experience of our global standards.
  • Global standards underpin global connectivity, and because of the IATA distribution system, anybody can buy a ticket in a single currency that will be valid on many carriers for travel anywhere in the world and be confident that it will be accepted! 
  • Smart Security, for more effective and sustainable passenger screening. For governments, it will offer improved ability to counter threats, ability to focus resources where risk is greatest, and leverage investment made on existing technologies. Strong support has been expressed by major international regulators.
  • Cargo Security, governments are an essential partner in strengthening further the security of air cargo, while ensuring the vital flow of commerce
​IATA Economics produce regular analysis on publicy policy issues affecting air transport: public policy analysis
What's new
PRESS RELEASE | Posted Feb 09, 2016
IATA welcomed the decision by representatives at ICAO to agree a CO2 efficiency Standard for commercial aircraft.​
PRESS RELEASE | Posted Feb 03, 2016

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