Air transport IT specialist SITA has secured a contract from Polish Air Navigation Services Agency (PANSA) to upgrade eight international airports in Poland.

Under the four-year contract, SITA will be responsible for digitally transforming air and ground communications, as well as making air traffic safer at the airports.

PANSA air navigation vice-president Maciej Rodak said: “Poland is the main eastern gateway into the European Union (EU) and one of the largest airspaces in Europe.

“We’re leveraging the latest technologies to ensure the safety of the passengers and airlines using our airspace, which represents almost 2,000 flights every day. We have been working with SITA since 2017, and we are confident they can support our needs.”

The airports in the cities of Warsaw, Krakow, Gdansk, Katowice, Modlin, Wroclaw, Poznan and Rzeszow will benefit from SITA’s technology.

As an Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP), PANSA manages data exchanges with aircraft pilots, including clearance for departures.

Leveraging SITA’s ATC Datalink Services, PANSA can transition from voice to digital departure clearance to ensure efficient airspace management.

SITA claims that its Departure Clearance (DCL) datalink service enables the digital exchange of departure clearances between air traffic controllers and pilots.

Its DCL datalink is also said to interface with other systems used by air traffic controller officers (ATCO) with ease.

SITA Aircraft CEO Yann Cabaret said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our partnership with PANSA. Our DCL datalink service will help modernise air traffic communications in Poland, supporting safety and efficiency as travel rebounds.”

Last week, SITA partnered with Alstef Group to launch a self-bag drop solution called Swift Drop.