Social International Telecommunication Aeronautics (SITA) has collaborated with the Airports Authority of India (AAI) to upgrade IT infrastructure to allow airports to handle next-generation aircraft.

Geneva-based SITA will not only upgrade the existing technology, but will also help major metro airports to handle advanced aircraft like A380s and B787s, The Hindu reports.

The joint venture will modernise 13 non-metro Indian airports by implementing technologies such as common-user terminal equipment, common-use self-service kiosks, baggage reconciliation systems (BRS) and airport management systems.

Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Cochin Airports have adopted the SITA technology.

The aeronautical telecommunications company is also planning to install a wide local-area network (LAN) to provide different services to both airlines and passengers thereby meeting the specific needs like border management and security.

SITA will also upgrade 40 VHF (very high frequency) ground radar stations in India.

The company has already implemented 50% of the IT infrastructure at all Indian airports.

SITA also provides various technologies like air fare management, yield management, air traffic management, departure control and various other forms of IT applications to airlines.