Originally founded in 1919, ICAO brings together approximately 280 airlines, including the world’s largest. Flights by these airlines comprise
more than 95 percent of all international scheduled air traffic.
Since these airlines face a rapidly changing world, they must cooperate in order to offer a seamless service of the highest possible standard to passengers and cargo shippers. Much of that cooperation is expressed through ICAO, whose mission is to “represent and serve the airline industry”.
Continual efforts by IATA ensure that people, freight and mail can move around the vast global airline network as easily as if they were on a single airline in a single country. In addition, IATA helps to ensure that Members’ aircraft can operate safely, securely, efficiently and economically under clearly defined and understood rules.