Last week, IATA’s minister for the Middle East and North Africa region (MENA) arrived in Tehran for a visit. The trade association for the world’s airlines, representing some 265 airlines, was invited by Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport City (IKAC).
During the visit, IATA and IKAC discussed measures on how to broaden their cooperation, Tinn reports. The general message from IATA’s side expressed its keenness to resume relations with Iran and to cooperate with IKAC on various fields. IATA and Iran previously had a limited partnership due to the imposed sanctions on Iran.
IATA held a one-day long workshop at the airport, with focus on new airport technologies that improves the passenger experience. The workshop included a lecture on mobile check-in services, a service that Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport plans to introduce in post-March 2017. The service will allow passengers to check-in online and issue electronic boarding passes prior to departure, as well as the opportunity to only drop off baggage at the airport. In addition to the online facilities, check-in kiosks will be placed at the airport for passengers who wish to perform the check-in process on their own. In the near future, Tehran Imam Khomeini Airport plans to further ease the check-in process by launching a new automated passport system.
Moreover, Iran Airtours Airline recently became the association’s newest member. In a letter, IATA officially congratulated the airline on joining the association after having implemented IATA’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) program, according to Iran Airtours Airline. On Twitter, IATA confirms the news.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) supports aviation with global standards for airline safety, security, efficiency and sustainability. Currently, five of Iran’s airlines are members of the association; Iran Air, Mahan Air, Iran Aseman Airlines, Kish Air and Iran Airtours Airline.