Amadeus expands IT business in North America with AirIT acquisition

23 April 2015 (Last Updated April 23rd, 2015 18:30)

Amadeus has expanded its IT presence in the North American market with the acquisition of AirIT, previously wholly-owned by Fraport, that operates the Frankfurt airport.

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Amadeus has expanded its IT presence in the North American market with the acquisition of AirIT, previously wholly-owned by Fraport, that operates the Frankfurt airport.

Based in Florida, AirIT is an air transport information technology solutions firm.

This is Amadeus' second acquisition in the past 15 months.

"With our combined offerings, expertise, and infrastructure, we believe that we will have the opportunity to serve our customers even better."

As a result of the acquisition, around 70 employees, including AirIT's management team, will become part of Amadeus' Airport IT business.

About 30 of the top 50 airports in the US including Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, Miami and Charlotte use AirIT's solutions.

Amadeus said that the acquisition will will complement its business with a strong customer base that encompasses more than 115 airlines and 120 airports predominately in the US, Canada and the Caribbean.

Amadeus head of airport IT John Jarrell said: "As the pace of recovery picks up over the next few years, the North American market, already the biggest airport IT market in the world, will represent an enormous opportunity for growth.

"With this acquisition, Amadeus accelerates the expansion of its Airport IT business in the region, gaining both a solid customer base and a highly experienced team, to provide innovative solutions to our customers."

AirIT CEO Betros Wakim said: "We share a similar culture of innovation. This fact is exemplified in our passenger processing solutions. Amadeus' Airport Common Use Service solution and the AirIT EASE platform both demonstrate industry-defining contemporary approaches to delivering airline common use.

"There are clearly dynamic synergies between the two companies, which will further enhance our ability to deliver complete end-to-end solutions to our respective customers globally. With our combined offerings, expertise, and infrastructure, we believe that we will have the opportunity to serve our customers even better."

As a result of the acquisition, around 70 employees, including AirIT's management team, will become part of Amadeus' Airport IT business.


Image: Amadeus has acquired AirIT to expand its IT presence in North America. Photo: courtesy of Amadeus.