Aviation Zika impacting some airlines, says IATA chief By Jamie Biesiada / February 26, 2016 Share 1 -- Airlines are reporting that the Zika virus is affecting travel, according to IATA CEO Tony Tyler.Tyler briefly addressed Zika during a press briefing at Aviation Day in New York City on Thursday. Tony Tyler “A number of members have expressed concern that they may already be seeing some effects on travel, particularly in the Americas,” he said. Tyler declined to name specific airlines.Local transmission of the mosquito-borne virus has been reported in over 30 countries and territories in the Americas, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).Zika is of particular concern to pregnant women, as it is potentially linked with incomplete brain development in babies. The CDC said pregnant women should consider postponing travel to countries where the virus is being actively transmitted. Also, there is evidence that the virus can be sexually transmitted.As of Wednesday, the CDC reported 107 travel-related cases of the virus in the United States, with no locally transmitted cases.