IATA is a global industry promoting safe, reliable, secure, and economical air services. It represents around 230 airlines, or 93 per cent of scheduled international air traffic.
One of IATA’s areas of activities is ‘safety and security’, which includes communicable diseases in the aviation context. In the event of a communicable disease emergency, IATA aims to ensure the timely flow of accurate information to its members, the travelling public, and the industry as a whole.
Because of their experience with SARS, IATA has produced an Emergency Response Plan and Action Checklist, for use by air carriers in the event of a public health emergency. This includes a series of guidelines and best practices.