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International Air Transport Association [IATA]

International Air Transport Association [IATA]


International Air Transport Association definition (IATA): get a summary, overview, and a better understanding of this term in our travel glossary.

Updated: 2017-03-27.

The International Air Transport Association, or IATA, is an international airline industry trade group, headquartered in Montreal, Canada, with executive offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

The IATA represents approximately 260 airlines from over 117 nations, accounting for 83% of all international air traffic. The IATA has numerous duties, including setting prices and ensuring safe and secure transit for its customers. The IATA also assigns 3-letter airport codes and 2-letter airline codes, such as “JFK” for New York City’s John F. Kennedy International Airport, and “SA” for South African Airways.

List of IATA airline codes »

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