Global air transport IT specialist SITA has taken over day-to-day information and communications technology (ICT) operations at Malta International Airport.

The development follows a strategic partnership between the parties to boost the airport’s operational excellence.

Malta International Airport CEO Alan Borg said: "We recognise that developing our ICT infrastructure is fundamental to our future growth.

"We recognise that developing our ICT infrastructure is fundamental to our future growth."

"In light of this, we are delighted to be partnering with SITA, the market leader in this industry, and look forward to working together on a digital blueprint to meet our future demands."

The partnership is expected to allow the airport to focus on strategic investment and innovation,

It is intended to improve IT service levels, optimise airport operations and enhance overall passenger experience.

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SITA will also help the airport to integrate IT in its long-term growth strategy.

Malta International Airport served 4.62 million passengers in 2015.

The number of passengers at the airport is expected to increase by more than 2% this year.

The company has also unveiled an investment programme, which includes a €28m terminal expansion.

Work on Phase I of the project is scheduled to begin later this year.

Earlier this month, Bahrain Airport Company (BAC) announced plans to introduce SITA’s self-service check-in kiosks across Bahrain International Airport in 2016.

Image: Malta International Airport. Photo: courtesy of SITA.