Civil Aviation Sector – CA Policy 2016, UDAN, Open Skies, etc.

International Air Transport Association (IATA)


Mains Paper 3: Economy | Infrastructure: Energy, Ports, Roads, Airports, Railways etc.

From the UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: IATA

Mains level:  Potential of the aviation sector in India


  • SpiceJet has joined global airlines’ grouping International Air Transport Association (IATA) as a member, becoming the first Indian low-cost carrier to get the membership.

About IATA

  • The International Air Transport Association is a trade association of the world’s airlines.
  • IATA supports airline activity and helps formulate industry policy and standards.
  • It is headquartered in Montreal, Quebec, Canada with Executive Offices in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • Consisting of 290 airlines, primarily major carriers, representing 117 countries, the IATA’s member airlines account for carrying approximately 82% of total available air traffic.

Benefits of joining IATA

  • The IATA represents more than 290 airlines, including Air India, Jet Airways and Vistara.
  • SpiceJet is the first Indian low-cost carrier to be an IATA member, and fifth member in India.
  • The IATA membership is significant for rapidly expanding the airline’s international footprint.
  • The membership allows the airline to explore and grow its collaborations with international member airlines of IATA through interlining and code shares.
  • This in turn enables an airline to seamlessly expand the network options for its passengers in future.
  • The membership will further enable us to inculcate global best practices and innovations.
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