The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is the lead agency in promoting safe, reliable, and economical air services for the benefits of the world's air travellers. The association began in Havana, Cuba, in 1945, and today there are 230 airlines from 126 nations across the globe that are members of the association, according to the IATA website. The association simplifies the travel and shipping processes for consumers, while minimising costs. At the same time, IATA streamlines the business relationship between travel agents and airlines.
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Ensure that you meet all of the criteria to become an IATA Agent, as specified in the Travel Agent Handbook on IATA's website. You are eligible if you sell air travel for an airline company.
Download and complete the IATA Agent application form on IATA's website. The application must be signed by the agency owner, or main representative of the company.
Send your application form to your IATA accreditation office, as outlined in the application guide. There are several offices located across the globe, a local office handles your application, to ensure efficient processing.
Pay the accreditation fee. An IATA employee will contact you for payment once your application has been reviewed and approved. All IATA fees are non-refundable and can be charged on a credit card.
Keep a copy of the signed application for your records. If your application is approved, add the approval letter and copies of your IATA member number to this file.
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