Aviation Information Technology (AVIT) at Cairo International Airport Company (CIAC) and the Egyptian Airports Company (EAC) have selected SITA to integrate applications across its IT infrastructure and manage its systems as well as those of six other airports in Egypt. The contract marks the start of the second phase of a five-year, USD35 million Airport Systems Integration project to streamline the passenger journey and support Egypt’s growing tourism industry.

Phase I of the project began in December 2001, by linking the airports of six major tourist destinations to one main Control Center at the Ministry of Civil Aviation in Cairo. The six airports covered by Phase I were Sharm El-Sheikh, Hurgada, Luxor, Aswan, Abu Simbel and Alexandria, which jointly handle some 12 million passengers per year.

The Control Center hosts the Airport Operational Database, including key financial systems, which manages the movement of all aircraft, passengers and baggage at the six airports. In addition, the Control Center hosts the Baggage Reconciliation System and Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE) servers providing shared-use, automated check-in and baggage handling services for these airports.

SITA has also equipped each of these airports with a Flight Information Display System, integrated with AirportCentral in Cairo. And finally, in the case of four of the six airports, charter airlines without access to any DCS system are now able to benefit from a local SITA DCS.

Phase II, valued at USD16 million, extends the infrastructure and applications, supplied in Phase I to the two terminals at Cairo International Airport as well as the new Luxor Airport, currently under construction.

In addition, Phase II will provide passengers with Internet access to all flight information at each airport and will include a complete training program for the Egyptian Holding Company for Airports and Air Navigation (EHCAAN) staff, along with the establishment of a training center, with full systems simulations.

The expansion project supports the objectives of the Egyptian Ministry of Civil Aviation to ease congestion and reduce operating costs by standardizing and improving services across all of Egypt’s airports. With passenger numbers continuing to grow, the development of a strong IT infrastructure enables a streamlined travel experience for not only visitors, but also for all those involved in the tourism industry.

SITA provides services to air transport customers and to related industries, as well as government authorities. SITA is registered in Amsterdam, the Netherlands and recorded revenues of $697 million in 2002.

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