News & Industry Affairs/IATA news



  • July 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    A soft start to the peak season, but a new record load factor 
    Africa posts fastest growth rates in July...Though Latin America and Africa posted the fastest growth rates in July globaly, growth for the African carriers also slowed significantly, to 3.6% in July, from a revised 9.8% in June. Deteriorating business confidence in South Africa partly countered generally solid economic conditions in other key markets in the region. Read more... 


  • July 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes remain weak, trade tensions dent outlook 
    Africa showed the strongest y-o-y growth...Regional performance generally remained weak in July. International air cargo volumes in the biggest markets deteriorated. Only the smaller markets, such as Africa and Latin America posted growth compared to the prior year. Africa was the standout region again this month, recording a double-digit increase in cargo volumes over the past year, at 11.3%. Read more... 

  • How The South African Aviation Market Could Double In 20 Years
    July 16, 2019. Thomas Jérémie Hayden-Lefebvre, Simple Fluying. According to a recent IATA study, South Africa’s aviation market could double in the next 20 years. However, achieving this growth, the association argues, requires the maintenance of current trends and significant reforms. Here, we investigate the current market, the challenges facing South African aviation, as well as the prospects. Read the original article...

  • Three reforms will maximize SA aviation benefits: report
  • July 14, 2019. eNCA. In 2017, 20.9 million passenger journeys were made to, from and within South Africa, with aviation and tourism representing $9.4-billion in gross value added.
        This is according to the latest study by IATA on the economic value of air transport and tourism to South Africa.
        The report identified opportunities for significant expansion over the next 20 years if key policy reforms are made....Read the original article... 

  • June 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    RPK growth remains solid with new record high load factors 
    Growth surges in Africa...International RPK growth bounced back sharply this month for carriers in Africa. The year-on-year growth rate more than doubled this month, to a very strong 11.7%, the only region to achieve a double-digit rate of growth. The continent continues to benefit from a generally supportive economic backdrop. Read more...  


  • June 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes weaken further, outlook remains clouded 
    Africa the only region with positive y-o-y growth...Despite its small share of the global market, Africa was the only region where international air cargo volumes were higher this month compared with their level of a year ago. Read more...

  • May 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Passenger demand remains sound, but the trend has eased
    RPK growth trend has moderated…Industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) ticked marginally higher in May, up 4.5% in year-onyear terms. This is a solid outcome, following the short-lived dip in activity in March – where RPK growth eased to 3.1% yoy, in part due to the changed timing of Easter – but it remains below the long-term (20-year) average rate of around 5.5%. Read more...  


  • May 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes still soft, on broad-based regional weakness
    Air cargo volumes continue to languish…Annual growth in industry-wide in air freight tonne kilometres (FTKs) remained in negative territory in May, down 3.4% compared with their level of a year ago. This is a modest improvement from April, which saw FTKs slip by 5.6% in year-on-year (y-o-y) terms, suggesting that while the market remains weak, it is not collapsing. Read more...


  • April 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    RPK growth recovers in April, amid a slower trend
    RPK growth trend has slowed…Annual growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) recovered to 4.3%, up from 3.1% in March. Growth remains steady, but is still well below the long-run average pace of around 5%.  Read more...  


  • April 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes fall as market outlook remains soft
    Air cargo volumes fall…Industry-wide FTK growth fell again this month, with annual growth remaining in negative territory. FTKs are currently 4.7% lower than their year-ago level, after seeing unchanged year-on-year growth last month. Read more...


  • March 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    Upward trend remains in place despite slowing RPK growth
    RPK growth well below 5-year average...Annual growth in industry-wide revenue passenger kilometres (RPKs) eased to 3.1%, down from 5.1% in February. This was the weakest annual growth outcome since early-2010 and well below the fiveyear average growth rate (7.0%). Read more...  


  • March 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes rebound in March, but remain soft  
    Air cargo volumes rebound in March…Industry-wide FTK growth bounced back sharply this month, with annual growth returning – albeit only just – to positive territory. FTKs are 0.1% higher than their year-ago level in March, compared with the annual fall of 4.9% recorded last month. Read more...


  • IATA AGM endorses 5 resolutions 
    June 2, 2019. IATA news. At the 75th IATA AGM and World Air Transport Summit (the largest global gathering of airline leaders), held in Seoul, Korea from 1 to 3 June, IATA announced that five resolutions have been passed, including:
    1. The Environment: a call to governments to implement the CORSIA agreement as agreed through ICAO;
    2. The importance of a harmonised global airport slot system;
    3. The global deployment of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) for baggage handling;
    4. The global implementaton of the One ID initiative; and
    5. Airlines committed to ensuring that passengers with disabilities have access to safe, reliable and dignified travel, and called upon governments to use IATA’s core principles for accommodating passengers with disabilities. Read the original press release here...


  • February 2019 Air Passenger Market Analysis 
    RPK growth slows in February but load factor remains elevated 
    Annual passenger growth moderates in February...Industry-wide revenue passenger kilometers (RPKs) slowed moderately in February, to 5.3% year-on-year. Following the brisk but short-lived uptick to 6.5% last month, the annual growth rate settled back to a rate broadly in line with the long-run average rate of growth on this occasion.  Read more...  


  • February 2019 Air Freight Market Analysis 
    Air cargo volumes fall further in February  
    Air cargo volumes continue to fall…Industry-wide FTK growth maintained its weak start to 2019 in the latest data. Air cargo volumes in February were a sizeable 4.7% lower than their year-ago level. Read more...
  • IATA launches Diversity & Inclusion Awards
    March 6, 2019. IATA news. The awards, sponsored by Qatar Airways, will highlight the industry’s best and brightest in three different categories.
        IATA has announced a new set of awards to recognise diversity in aviation. 
        Launching the IATA Diversity & Inclusion awards, IATA Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac said the changing face of the air transport sector is to be celebrated. 
        “Aviation is the Business of Freedom—the essence of aviation is building a global community by connecting people, businesses and cultures across great distances. Ten million people work in the aviation industry to make this happen, and it is important that this workforce reflects the amazing diversity and inclusion that it fosters in our society. By launching these awards, we want to recognize and celebrate the great work that is being done to take the industry into the future.” Read the original article here...


  • How IATA's One Order could revolutionize travel management
    March 6, 2019. IATA news. One reference, One process, One industry. ONE Order aims to modernize the order management process in the airline industry.
       This industry-led initiative intends to replace the multiple and rigid booking, ticketing, delivery and accounting methods, using the data communications advances made possible by the implementation of the New Distribution Capability which will enable the travel industry to transform the way air products are retailed to corporations, leisure and business travelers, by addressing the industry’s current distribution limitations: product differentiation and time-to-market, access to full and rich air content and finally, transparent shopping experience.  For more information, d​ownload Nina & Pinta Consulting's white paper IATA's One Order.

  • Dossier: Fit for purpose - The Chicago Convention
    January 4, 2019. IATA news. The Chicago Convention has allowed air transport to increase global connectivity and boost economies and job creation. But as it turns 75, there are challenges ahead. The Chicago Convention celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2019 and remains the essential framework for the industry. 
        “The Chicago Convention has proven to be extremely resilient, being subject to very few substantive amendments since its adoption. A unique feature of this agreement is that it provides for the adoption and amendment of standards and recommended practices (SARPs), and in its role as a rulemaking body, ICAO has developed over 12,000 of these provisions for aviation safety, security, facilitation and environment protection. These standards permit civil aviation to respond and adapt to new and emerging opportunities and challenges, including changes in technology, increases in global air transport demand and capacity, as well as new and evolving threats to air safety and security.” Olumuyiwa Benard Aliu, ICAO Council President. Read more...

  • IATA 2019 Training Catalogue. Download the 2019 Training Catalogue and discover a new era of training. 

  • IATA Annual Review 2018. Download IATA's latest Annual Review, a complete report on the successes, issues and state of commercial air transport. 


  • IATA & ICAO aviation training: No Country Left Behind
    August 14, 2018. AASA news. The theme of AASA's 2017 AGA, Building Human Capital for African Airlines, highlighted the skills development and training challenges facing the African aviation industry. Addressing that AGA, Chris Zweigenthal, AASA'S CEO, issued a dire warning that if governments did not invest and focus on basic and tertiary education, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, airlines in Africa face a calamitous future; and Mandi Samson, AASA's Chairperson, emphasised that the scarcity of skills, especially in technical areas, must be addressed with a commitment to world-class training in order to ensure the safety of African skies.           
       IATA and the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are stepping up their efforts to address skills development and training in Africa and developing nations by offering a network of global training centres and industry-standard aviation training courses and programmes. Read more...


  • IATA 2018 Annual General Meeting  
    June 3 - 5, 2018. IATA AGM news. The IATA Annual General Meeting (AGM) and World Air Transport Summit is the world's largest gathering of airline leaders. The 74th AGM, brought 1000 industry leaders to Sydney on 3 - 5 June 2018. Read more...


  • Safety: 3.8 billion air travellers by 2036
    Safely managing future air travel demand
    April 17, 2018. IATA news. Global aviation safety is built on a foundation of co-operative agreements, sharing, working together effectively, and an adherence to global standards. IATA, steering this partnership approach, held its 2018 Safety and Flight Ops Conference in Montreal, Canada from 17 - 19 April. IATA’s Director General and CEO Alexandre de Juniac urged aviation stakeholders to adopt global standards and make greater use of operational data in order to safely accommodate an additional 3.8 billion air travelers by 2036...Read more...      
     
  • Implementation key to Africa open skies agreement
    23 African Countries sign SAATM agreement
    February 1, 2018. IATA news. IATA/Regulations & Taxation/Middle East & Africa news. IATA has hailed the “momentous” launch of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) by the African Union (AU) to open up the continent’s skies — but says successful implementation is vital. The SAATM is a deregulated airspace, which allows aircraft to fly freely between the 23 AU member states that have agreed to the initiative...Read more...