The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has introduced an enhanced new organisational structure to better address the needs of its 240 member airlines. Under the new structure, regional operations are to be consolidated from seven regional structures into five. The Africa and Middle East and North Africa will be combined into one region to be known as Africa and Middle East. Hussein Dabbas, from IATA's Amman regional office, will lead the region as regional vice president. All changes will take effect from July 1, 2013.