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Barbados hosts IATA Aviation Day for the Caribbean

Barbados hosts IATA Aviation Day for the Caribbean

IATA, ALTA & The Caribbean Development Bank have joined forces to host an Aviation Day for the Caribbean in Barbados. The goal of the event is to bring together industry experts, senior airline and airport executives, and government authorities to discuss aviation’s largest opportunities and key challenges across the Caribbean region.

International Air Transport Association’s global Aviation Days are well known for their engaging subject matter, outstanding speakers, lively debate and, of course, some of the best networking opportunities you’ll find anywhere in the industry.

On June 29th, 2018 this flagship IATA event will take place at the Hilton Barbados Resort in Bridgetown and draw upon leading experts to examine the key challenges of our industry and identify how to address them collaboratively.

About IATA

The International Air Transport Association is a trade association of the world’s airlines. Consisting of 278 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117 countries, the IATA’s member airlines account for carrying approximately 83% of total Available Seat Miles air traffic. IATA supports airline activity and helps formulate industry policy and standards. It is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with Executive Offices in Geneva, Switzerland.

IATA was formed in April 1945 in Havana, Cuba. It is the successor to the International Air Traffic Association, which was formed in 1919 at The Hague, Netherlands. At its founding, IATA consisted of 57 airlines from 31 countries. Much of IATA’s early work was technical and it provided input to the newly created International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), which was reflected in the annexes of the Chicago Convention, the international treaty that still governs the conduct of international air transport today.

The Chicago Convention couldn’t resolve the issue of who flies where, however, and this has resulted in the thousands of bilateral air transport agreements in existence today. The benchmark standard for the early bilaterals was the 1946 United States-United Kingdom Bermuda Agreement.

International Air Transport Association was also charged by the governments with setting a coherent fare structure that avoided cut-throat competition but also looked after the interests of the consumer. The first Traffic Conference was held in 1947[7] in Rio de Janeiro and reached unanimous agreement on some 400 resolutions.

Aviation grew rapidly over the following decades and IATA’s work duly expanded.