SITA has signed a seven-year, multi-million dollar deal with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to provide its next-generation airport management system to ten airports across the country.
The latest deal is part of a $130bn airport modernisation programme from the Indian Ministry of Civil Aviation which will help the country to address the rise in annual passenger numbers, which is expected to triple to 450 million by 2020.
As part its first multi-airport project in Asia, SITA has partnered with NIIT Technologies to implement airport operations control centres (AOCC).
Speaking at the Aviation ICT Forum 2013, AAI Chairman V P Agrawal said that the authority is integrating and automating airport operations at ten of its airports including Chennai and Kolkata in a technology partnership with NIIT Technologies, who will in turn implement SITA's solution for central AODB and AMS.
Once implemented successfully, it will help implement airport collaborative decision making which will greatly enhance both capacity and efficiency of the airport operations thereby making them more cost effective.
In addition to the AOCCs, AAI is implementing common user terminal equipment and baggage reconciliation systems at 38 airports, in partnership with SITA.
SITA Middle East, India and Africa president Hani El-Assaad said that the company's new system will help the airport authority create an integrated and cost-effective framework for its operations across ten more airports.
"It will also facilitate collaborative decision making among all stakeholders, while streamlining business processes and enhancing the passenger experience," El-Assaad added.
The ten airports that will receive SITA's next generation Airport Management System include Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Calicut, Jaipur, Mangalore, Pune, Trichy, Trivandrum and Guwahati.
Image: Aerial view of Chennai International Airport. Photo: courtesy of Frederic Schwartz Architects.