SITA to Provide Airport Systems Integration to Kharkiv Airport for Euro 2012

SITA, the specialist in air transport communication and IT solutions, today announced details of its $9m contract win in Ukraine for airport systems integration (ASI) for Kharkiv International Airport’s new $205m terminal. The agreement was reached with New Systems AM, a member of the DCH group and handling agent for Kharkiv International Airport.

The new terminal will go into operation in April 2010 and is expected to handle up to 1,000 football fans per hour at peak arrival and departure periods during Euro 2012, the UEFA football tournament.

SITA will provide the new terminal with fully integrated IT systems by next summer’s operational period with all applications running on a common network infrastructure including check-in, boarding, baggage management, security and access control.

Vladimir Vasilchenko, director general of new systems AM (DCH Group), said: “We are proud that this is one of the first airport systems integration projects to be undertaken by SITA in eastern Europe and we expect that it will not only double our capacity and modernise our information systems but ensure a very good process flow for all arriving and departing passengers, particularly during Euro 2012.”

SITA’s airport management solution (AMS) for Kharkov International includes a suite of integrated operations software for airports that supports planning, tracking, real-time and irregular operations, flight displays, aeronautical billing and reporting. AMS will help the airport by taking the complexity out of many airport processes, simplifying data management and making airport operations more straightforward.

The two core components are AirportCentral, an airport operations database, and AirportVision, an information display system for airports and airlines that provides real-time flight and related information to all stakeholders and to the public on a variety of display devices within the airport, on web-sites and at off-airport locations.

Ilya Gutlin, SITA regional vice-president for Eastern and Central Europe, said: “Kharkov Airport will be a technology showcase for the region when work is completed. Both airlines and passengers will benefit from shared IT infrastructure, which will reduce costs and ensure there are no bottlenecks for passengers.”

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