The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is a trade association of the world’s airlines founded in 1945. IATA has been described as a cartel since, in addition to setting technical standards for airline, IATA also organized tariff conferences that served as a forum for price fixing.
Consisting of about 290 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117 countries, the IATA’s member airlines account for carrying approximately 82% of total available seat miles air traffic.
One of the latest programs issued by IATA to increase the passenger flights safety has been the IATA Operational Safety Audit (IOSA). IOSA is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system created in 2001 to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline. IOSA manages ramp audits in a standardised and consistent manner.
For more information refer to www.iata.org