IndiGo announced that its CEO, Pieter Elbers, has been elected as the chair-elect of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Board of Governors. He will succeed present Chair, Yvonne Manzi Makolo, the CEO of Rwandair with effect from June 2024. Pieter Elbers’ appointment comes at a significant time for the Indian aviation industry, which is experiencing unprecedented growth and development.
With a focus on enhancing the passenger experience, IndiGo has consistently demonstrated its commitment to affordable fares, on-time performance, and courteous and hassle-free services across its unparalleled network, it said. Pieter Elbers’ appointment reinforces IndiGo’s position as a driving force in the Indian aviation landscape while placing India firmly on the global aviation map.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is a trade association of the world’s airlines founded in 1945. It has 300 member airlines that account for 83% of total air traffic. IATA’s headquarters are in Montreal, Canada.
IATA provides a range of services to its members, including
- Setting standards for air travel, such as safety, security, and passenger rights
- Developing and managing airfares and ticketing systems
- Providing training and education for airline staff
- Representing the interests of the airline industry to governments and other organizations
IATA also works to promote the safe and sustainable growth of the air transport industry. In 2020, IATA launched its “Fly Net Zero” initiative, which aims to achieve net zero carbon emissions from aviation by 2050.
IATA is a non-profit organization and its activities are funded by its members. It is governed by a board of directors and a general assembly.
Here are some of the key activities of IATA
- Setting standards: IATA sets standards for a wide range of aspects of air travel, including safety, security, and passenger rights. These standards are used by airlines to ensure that they operate safely and efficiently.
- Developing and managing airfares and ticketing systems: IATA develops and manages the global airfare and ticketing systems that are used by airlines to sell tickets to passengers. These systems ensure that passengers can book flights with any airline and that they are charged the same price for the same flight, regardless of where they buy the ticket.
- Providing training and education: IATA provides training and education to airline staff on a wide range of topics, including safety, security, and customer service. This training helps to ensure that airline staff are able to operate safely and efficiently and that they can provide passengers with a high level of service.
- Representing the interests of the airline industry: IATA represents the interests of the airline industry to governments and other organizations. This includes lobbying for policies that are favorable to the airline industry and working to resolve issues that affect the industry.
- Promoting the safe and sustainable growth of the air transport industry: IATA is committed to promoting the safe and sustainable growth of the air transport industry. This includes working to reduce emissions from aviation, improve air traffic management, and develop new technologies that can make air travel more efficient.
Important takeaways for all competitive exams:
- International Air Transport Association (IATA) Headquarters: Montreal, Canada
- International Air Transport Association (IATA) Founded: 19 April 1945, Havana, Cuba