Global IT provider SITA has deployed its passenger processing system for Cross Border Xpress (CBX), the first bridge directly linking a US facility with the Tijuana International Airport (TIJ) terminal in Mexico.
Partnered by the operator of TIJ, Grupo Aeroportuario del Pacifico (GAP), the new project develops the first bi-national airport passenger terminal in the Americas.
GAP allows US passengers to access more than 30 destinations offered by TIJ, including direct flights to Shanghai, many of which are not operated by other Southern Californian airports.
The CBX is an enclosed pedestrian skywalk bridge that runs between San Diego, US, and Tijuana, Mexico, and serves around 2.4 million passengers.
The bridge allows TIJ passengers to cross the US border, thereby avoiding delays at the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa ports of entry.
SITA’s AirportConnect Kiosks and work stations allow passengers travelling to and from TIJ to check-in at CBX.
SITA Latin America and the Caribbean Sales vice-president Alex Covarrubias said: "The SITA AirportConnect check-in kiosks and work stations are in place for multiple airlines, with more airlines due to start using them soon for the 2.4 million passengers at this border crossing."
The new technology has reduced the time required to cross the border from four hours to only 30 minutes.
GAP CIO Juan Francisco Martinez said: "SITA’s common-use self-service kiosks and work stations make it easy for us to welcome new international airlines to this great facility and make this unique border crossing smooth and fast for all travellers."
Image: The AirportConnect Kiosks and work stations allow passengers travelling to and from TIJ to check-in at CBX. Photo: courtesy of SITA.