two players who still have to learn the rules of fair play

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) is a non-governmental organization representing some 240 airlines, thus comprising 84 % of scheduled international air traffic. It was founded in 1945 to represent, lead and serve the airline industry.

Thus IATA is by definition an aviation industry pressure group and acts as such: IATA lobbies for aviation business to be free of VAT and energy taxes, IATA lobbies against night flight restrictions and any other restrictions aiming at the protection of human health and, generally, acts on the assumption that the environmental problems caused by aviation will be solved through improving technology.

To maintain existing tax privileges for the aviation industry, spare the aviation industry from environmental regulations and from any form of responsibility for its emissions to a maximum extent IATA largely acts through ICAO.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations, created in 1944, to promote the safe and orderly development of international civil aviation throughout the world. It sets standards and regulations necessary for aviation safety, security, efficiency and regularity, as well as for aviation environmental protection. The organization serves as the forum for cooperation in all fields of civil aviation among its 191 Member States.

Driven by IATA, ICAO’s declarations relating to environmental protection and sustainable development of aviation transport remain little more than a lip service.

Victims of aircraft pollution have nothing to expect from IATA and ICAO that would improve their situation.