The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is an International trade association, based in Montreal (same location as ICAO, which is its governmental twin). IATA represents some 265 airlines comprising 83% of global air traffic. Their website prominently notes, “Our mission is to represent, lead and serve the airline industry.” IATA was founded in 1945 (2-years before ICAO was formalized), and is the successor to the International Air Traffic Association, founded in the Hague in 1919.
Like any lobbyist (and like the captured regulators at FAA), IATA produces statements and online materials with a strong bias toward expanding aviation commerce. For example, a close look at their ‘Aircraft Noise’ webpage reveals that it is long on promoting the benefits of aviation but short (and in many cases completely silent) on the real costs of excessive aviation that are destroying communities and diminishing public health.
One objective of aiREFORM is to archive this type of propaganda, so that more of us can understand how the industry (FAA, airport authorities, airlines, manufacturers, and lobbyists) is trying to brainwash regular people. Here’s a screencap of the IATA ‘Aircraft Noise’ webpage:
Click on the links below to view archived copies:
- The ‘Night Flights’ IATA Fact Sheet (2p)
- The ‘Green Taxes’ IATA Fact Sheet (DEC-2014, 2p)
- IATA position paper on noise-related operating restrictions (AUG-2013, 4p)
- IATA position paper on noise-related charges (1p)