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  1. Amadeus IT Group SA
31 March 2008

India’s First Public-Private Green-Field Airport in Hyderabad Opens with UFIS

UFIS Airport Solutions (UFIS-AS) has played a crucial role in the opening of the new Rajiv Gandhi International airport at Shamsabad in Hyderabad.

The new airport was officially inaugurated on March 14 and began commercial operations on March 23. In partnership with Siemens Information Systems Limited (SISL) India, UFIS-AS has successfully delivered its airport operational database, flight information processing system, flight information display system, information kiosks and apron management system together with systems integration and interfaces to standard external systems such as the ATC and SITA Telex.

Situated about 30km from Hyderabad, Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is the country’s first green-field airport built in public-private partnership. Being built at a cost of six billion dollars, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport is also expected to witness a boom on the domestic front with many airlines planning to make it their hub and increase frequencies. GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL), which was formed to design, finance, build, operate and maintain the green-field airport at Shamshabad, started trial operations in early September last year.

UFIS-AS’s Universal Flight Information System (UFIS®) supports GHIAL in managing the complex tasks of its ground handling operations and basically covers the full life cycle of flight operations from long term planning, through the real-time daily processing and display, and with the integration of standard products, right up to billing and statistical analysis. The experienced project team has customized and configured the products so that the best solution is available to address the new airport’s requirements.

“We are proud that it is our software running at Hyderabad”, said Holger Mattig, managing director of UFIS Airport Solutions Pte Ltd, Singapore and head of world-wide sales within the UFIS-AS group. “The airport in Hyderabad is a very important reference in this part of the world and a big success story for UFIS-AS.”

“We are very happy to be moving into India”, said Anders Sagadin, UFIS-AS’s President and CEO. “In the coming months we will also be commissioning our software at two more airports – Bangalore and Delhi, in cooperation with SISL. In this way we have the opportunity to contribute to the Indian economy in several geographic areas. Building new airports will be a crucial task for the territory to further enable the growth of the economy.”

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