IATA’s mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry. Membership of IATA amounts to some 290 airlines in 120 countries. On this page, you will find a selection of critical IATA programs, policies, and services to support airlines.


Are you a Low Cost Carrier (LCC)?

Discover a range of popular IATA products and services for LCCs and find out what are the benefits of becoming an IATA member.

Become an IATA member

Find out what it takes for airlines to join IATA's membership: Requirements for IATA membership


Safety our # 1 priority

The IATA Operational & Safety Audit (IOSA) is a mandatory requirement for IATA membership. See how to schedule your IOSA audit.

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 and find out more information on all our safety initiatives.


We run intensive lobbying campaigns to support many aspects of airline operations. Major policy initiatives include: passenger rights, emissions trading, security, aviation charges, airport slots, the benefits of aviation.

Go to our Policy page.

Future of Airline Distribution and Payment

Three major programs are transforming the travel distribution and payment.

Building a greener future

Air transport is united behind a four-pillar environmental strategy and challenging targets to achieve carbon-neutral growth from 2020: improvements to technology, operations and infrastructure and the deployment of sustainable alternative fuels.
More on IATA's environmental commitment.

The IATA Environmental Assessment (IEnvA) program helps airlines improve environmental management. And a carbon offset program is available to airlines.

Cargo: fac​ilitating world trade

Several programs promote greater efficiency in the air cargo supply chain:

More on Cargo

Operational Efficiency & Cost Management

The Operational Efficiency & Cost Management (OECM) program helps identifying saving potentials while improving operational efficiency in four major areas of operations:

  • Flight operations
  • Technical operations
  • Ground operations
  • Operations Control Center

Our GO-teams perform onsite assessments to improve efficiency and identify operational cost reduction potential. They also support you during the implementation of our recommendations.

More on the Operational Efficiency & Cost Management (OECM)

Fuel efficiency

Operational improvements in fuel management could provide a 6% overall fuel saving. See how our consulting teams can help you to improve your fuel efficiency program development and implementation.

We have a number of publications to help you manage fuel. See the Ops & Infrastructure section of our Standards, manuals & guidelines page.

More on Fuel efficiency

Airline consulting

Develop more efficiency in this increasingly competitive environment, we can help you with expert consulting services in all your operations.

See how far our airline consulting experts can support you.


We can supply a wide array of data to help you run your operations, benchmark your competitors and understand the markets.


Our Chief Economist's team regularly compiles essential analysis covering a wide scope of air transport economics.

Go to our Economic publications pages.

New! You can now access our economics reports via a mobile App (iOS and Android)

Passenger special

Business Intelligence

You will find essential business intelligence in these publications:

More Business Intelligence & Statistics services

Cargo special


We offer a wide range of financial products to protect airlines' money, reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Settlement services

Have a read at our Airline Service Charter (online), outlining services rendered and commitments to be expected by airlines from IATA.

Payment services

IATA Currency Clearance Service (ICCS): Cash management - Centralized control of funds - Quick repatriation of funds.

Credit Card management

Our card services simplify the expansion of your distribution network at reduced costs.

Industry Risk Management & Insurance Community

Join our community of airline risk experts to promote harmonization of Integrated Risk Management Systems and develop best practices towards a more centralized decision-making methodology.

Main publications for airlines

All Publications

Essential cargo publications

IATA provides aviation training to thousands of professionals each year, helping to build careers and ensure sustainability throughout the industry. Our extensive selection of airline courses and diploma programs cover all critical areas of the airline business, including passenger and cargo operations, business development, safety and security.

Featured courses for Airlines

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International Airline Training Fund (IATF)

The International Airline Training Fund (IATF) is a non-profit foundation whose purpose is to bridge the training gaps for airlines in regions of the world where it is most needed.