Spanish IT solution provider Amadeus has concluded the acquisition of Australia-based ICM Airport Technics.

The acquired firm delivers passenger automation and self-service bag drop solutions for airports and airlines mainly in Asia-Pacific and European regions.

First announced in March, the deal is intended to complement Amadeus’s offering for airport operations.

ICM serves approximately 25 airports and has processed more than 75 million bags worldwide since 2009.

Amadeus also intends to use this acquisition to design, configure, implement, operate and support all airport systems, which are vital to managing travellers’ baggage from end-to-end.

Amadeus Airport IT executive vice-president Bruno Spada said: “Combining ICM and Amadeus’s advanced technology expertise will provide an open platform for airport innovation, and will act as a trampoline for growth for Amadeus and ICM in the coming years ahead.”

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Amadeus will absorb approximately 150 ICM employees as part of the deal.

The acquired business will become part of Amadeus’s Airport IT division, operating as largely self-contained businesses.

ICM will continue to manage a local presence close to its customers through offices in both Sydney and Melbourne, Amadeus said.

ICM CEO Richard Dinkelmann will now report directly to Bruno Spada.

“This deal will ensure that we can deliver better journeys for passengers in the future.”

While announcing the deal in March, Spada said: “By combining Amadeus’ and ICM’s software and hardware capabilities, by accelerating and introducing more self-service options, and by using the power of biometrics, this deal announced today will ensure that together we can deliver better journeys for passengers in the future.

“I believe this deal will also accelerate our future innovation capabilities. Combining ICM and Amadeus’ advanced technology expertise will provide an open platform for airport innovation, and will act as a trampoline for growth for Amadeus and ICM in the coming years ahead.”

In May, Amadeus, in collaboration with Adria Airways and LOT Polish Airlines, tested biometric boarding procedures at Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport in Slovenia.