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IATA Map | The Three Traffic Conference Areas

 



IATA Map  | The Three Traffic Conference Areas



IATA map, it is has many different names, such as IATA world map, IATA geography, IATA TC areas, and IATA traffic conference areas. IATA has been leading airline industry for over 70 years by its traffic conferences provisions which was agreed by IATA member airlines in many formal IATA traffic conferences which had been located in different parts of the world.

IATA International Air Transport Association is a commercial community of the most international airlines over the world. IATA vision is to shape the future growth of safe, secure and sustainable air transport by representing, leading, and serving the airline industry.

 

Why IATA divided the world?

To answer this question, let me give you short summary background about IATA history. IATA has been working to achieve its aims since April,1945.

IATA starts forming its world geography [ IATA MAP] to manage and solve the commercial matters of air transport such as rates, routes and schedules and many other commercial matters.

It was difficult for IATA to solve commercial matters in one traffic conference in one location due to many reasons such as governments approvals, economic factors, lowering the costs etc.

In one of IATA traffic conference, IATA called for establishment many traffic conferences in different parts of the world.

In 1947, the traffic conference locations became three in different parts of the world [ IATA MAP].

 Why not ICAO?

Since April 1947, International Civil Aviation Organization was administering various aeronautical activities to create a single worldwide regime for civil aviation, as well as government organization. ICAO did not cover the commercial matters of international airline. ICAO was aiming at setting the basic international aviation regulations {ICAO Annexes to The Convention on International Civil Aviation (also known as Chicago Convention) which was agreed by contracted states around the world.

IATA Traffic Conferences

IATA traffic conferences were established to deal with all International Air Traffic Matters involving Passengers, Cargo, and Mail in specific area in the world.

IATA member airlines singed agreements related to:

1-    Fares & rates

2-    Traffic documents (standard forms of passenger's air tickets, baggage checked, air waybills ...etc.).

3-    Interline agreements

4-    Administration of sales agents

IATA vision and  IATA member airlines faith has grown-up the international air transport step by step with cooperation with ICAO.


IATA Map

IATA world map is not like what we studied in the school, in IATA map, there is little differences. For example, IATA definition of Europe comprises not only geographical Europe but includes also the following countries and islands:

-         3 North African countries, i.e. Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia

-          The Azores, Madeira and the Canary Islands

These countries by IATA map were situated within the IATA Europe sub-area - IATA area 2.

Although geographically Egypt and Sudan were situated in the African continent, these countries are included by IATA map in IATA Middle East sub-area- IATA area 2.

 

IATA Tariff Conference Areas [ IATA TC 1,2, 3]

In order to fully understand the routing of Airlines and their respective fare calculations, IATA map divided the worlds into three areas known as Traffic Conferences-TC1, TC2, TC3 (It called as Passenger Tariff Conference, Passenger services Conference, Cargo services Conference, and Cargo Tariff Conference).

 

IATA AREA  1- IATA MAP

IATA area 1 is further divided to 4 sub-areas. I will list countries in some sub-areas only, you can refer to the official source (IATA publications) for complete countries lists within each IATA area.

IATA AREA  1 – Sub-Areas

1-    Caribbean Sub-Area

2-    Mexico Sub-Area

Canada, US, Mexico and St. Pierre & Miquelon

3-    Long Haul Sub-area

4-    Within South America Sub-Area

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama,

Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela

 

IATA AREA  2 - IATA MAP

IATA area 2 is further divided to 3 sub-areas. I will list countries in some sub-areas only, you can refer to the official source (IATA publications) for complete countries lists within each IATA area.

 

IATA AREA  2 - Sub-Areas

1-    Within Europe Sub-Area

2-    Within Middle East Sub-Area

Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon,

Sultanate of Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syrian Arab

Republic, UAE, and Yemen

3-    within Africa sub-area

 

IATA AREA  3 – IATA MAP

IATA area 3 is further divided to 4 sub-areas. I will list countries in some sub-areas only, you can refer to the official source (IATA publications) for complete countries lists within each IATA area.

 

IATA AREA  3 - Sub-Areas

1-    South Asian Subcontinent Sub-Area

2-    South East Asian Subcontinent Sub-Area

Brunei, Cambodia, China, Taipei, Hong Kong, Guam, Indonesia,

Kazakhstan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Kyrgyzstan, Marshall Islands,

Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau,

Philippines, Russia (East of Ural Mountains), Singapore, Tajikistan,

Thailand, Timor Leste and Turkmenistan.

3-    South west pacific Sub-Area

4-    Japan/ Korea Sub-Area

 

Conclusion

In order to fully understand the routing of Airlines and their respective fare calculations, the International Air Transport Association divided the world to three geographical areas known as IATA Tariff Conference 1- 2 -3.

IATA map is covered in many aviation basic training because it is highly used while calculating air fares and rates, and when applying air travel rules.

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