The 14 Top Aviation Industry Associations

Globally, commercial airlines are projected to generate $754 billion in revenue this year, a 6.3% increase over 2016. That figure is expected to climb another 9.4% to $824 billion in 2018.

The aviation industry directly creates nearly 10 million jobs worldwide, while another “11.2 million indirect jobs are created via purchases of goods and services from companies in the air transport supply chain.”

Top aviation associationsIn 2014 (the most recent year for which complete figures are available), the world’s 1,400 commercial airlines flew nearly 33 million commercial flights on 26,000 aircraft among almost 3,900 airports.

All of the above figures are courtesy of the International Air Transport Association (IATA). Given the scope and volume of world air travel, it’s not surprising IATA is one of several national and international organizations playing key roles in the global aviation industry.

As a developer of advanced scanning technology that detects explosives hidden in bottled liquids or personal electronic devices, we follow and interact with several key industry associations. Along with the top airlines and the best airports in the world, our focus is on keeping passengers safe from the threats of terrorism while maintaining operational visibility the airlines expect.

Here are 14 of the top national and global aviation industry associations dedicated to keeping global air travel safe, efficient, and vibrant.

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

IATA is the global trade association of airlines. The organization’s 280 members account for 83% of total air traffic.

U.S. Travel

The national, non-profit organization representing and advocating for all components of the travel industry in the United States.

International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)

A UN specialized agency that works with 192 Member States and industry groups on international civil aviation standards, practices, and policies in support of safe, efficient, and secure civil aviation.

Airlines for America

Advocates on behalf of members to shape policies and measures that promote safety, security and a healthy U.S. airline industry, working collaboratively with airlines, labor, Congress and the Administration and other groups to improve air travel for everyone.

Key executives include Todd Burke, senior vice president, communications; and Vaughn Jennings, vice president, communications.

FlightGlobal Airlines

A provider of aviation intelligence through data and analytics, including flight tracking and status data. FlightGlobal is the Schedule Reference Service (SRS) provider to IATA.

Airports Council International-North America

An organization representing local, regional and state governing bodies that own and operate commercial airports in the United States and Canada. Approximately 380 aviation-related businesses are also members, providing goods and services to airports.

Key executives include Christopher Bidwell, vice president, security; and Chris Phelan, Vice President, Aviation Security and Industry Affairs.

Airports Council International (ACI)

ACI acts as the voice of the world’s airports and the communities they serve, and promotes professional excellence in airport management and operations in various areas including air safety, cooperation, regulation, and aviation system innovation.

Key executives include Nina Brooks Director, Security, Facilitation and IT; and Antoine Rostworowski, Deputy Director General, Programmes and Services.

Global Business Travel Association (GBTA)

The world’s largest professional association representing the $1.4 trillion business travel industry. GBTA provides events, news, tools, and professional development resources to its membership of 9,000-plus business travel professionals from every continent.

Key executives include Michael W. McCormick, executive director & COO; and Colleen Gallagher, director, communications.

Women in Aviation

A nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of women in all aviation career fields. Members range from astronauts and corporate pilots to maintenance technicians, journalists, flight attendants, students, and airport managers.

Key executives include Dr. Peggy Chabrian, president; Molly Martin, Outreach Director; and Kelly Murphy, Director of Communications.

Security Industry Association (SIA)

Though not limited to aviation, SIA is the leading trade association for global security solution providers, representing members across industries and applications from IT systems and access control to alarms, asset tracking, and video surveillance.

Key executives include Don Erickson, CEO; and Mickey McCarter, Manager of Communications.

Airline Passenger Experience Association (APEX)

A network of the world’s leading airlines, suppliers and related companies committed to elevating the level of the airline passenger experience. The CEO is Joe Leader.

American Association of Airport Executives

The world’s largest professional organization for airport executives, representing thousands of airport management personnel at 850 public-use commercial and general aviation airports plus hundreds of companies and organizations that support airports.

Key executives include Scott A. Brockman, chair; and Adam Snider, Director, Public Affairs.

Airport Consultants Council (ACC)

The global trade association representing private businesses involved in the development and operations of airports and related facilities, and the only organization focused exclusively on the interests of firms with airport-related technical expertise.

Key executives include T.J. Schulz, president; and Colleen Flood, director, marketing, membership and meeting services.

Security Manufacturers Coalition

The Security Manufacturers Coalition serves as the unified voice of companies that manufacture security screening technology. Organized under Airport Consultants Council (ACC), the coalition focuses on aviation and intermodal security issues in the U.S. and globally.

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