Charlie Gatt, co-founder of the trade publication Travel World News, died on Aug. 13 in Norwalk, Conn. He was 81.

Born in Malta, Gatt emigrated to Canada in 1952, joining the Royal Canadian Air Force. He came to the United States in 1958 and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.

From 1962 to 1972, Gatt worked at Trans World Airlines, where he was director of IATA affairs. From 1972 to 1988, he was chairman of Jet Air Transport Exchange and co-publisher of JAX FAX, a central clearinghouse for airline charter operators to connect with travel professionals.

In 1988, he co-founded Travel World News as a monthly print publication for destination specialists, and it remains an online publication today.

Gatt is survived by his wife, Sallie, son Peter, daughter Heather and nine grandchildren. He was predeceased by his son Chuck.

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