International Air Transport Association. Trade association of air passenger and cargo carriers. Founded 1945 in Havana as a successor to the International Air Traffic Association, formed in den Haag in 1919; based in Geneva with other main offices in Singapore and Montreal.

IATA accredits ticketing agents, airport managers and other industry professionals, as well as providing training for most professions involved in civil aviation. It also regulates the transport of goods, safety standards and other aspects in conjunction with ICAO, liaises with national governments and authorities and produces a number of essential publications including manuals, tariffs and location designators.

IATA accreditation is valid in all parts of the world except for the United States where the Air Transport Association provides the same function.

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