Abu Dhabi International Airport awards airport management solutions contract to SITA
28 May 2015
SITA has won a contract to supply end-to-end passenger and airport management solutions for the Midfield Terminal at Abu Dhabi International Airport in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The new terminal is scheduled for completion in July 2017. The range of services to be supplied by SITA includes: its next generation airport management solution; the common-use AirportConnect Open passenger-processing platform; AirportVision flight information display systems; the BagManager baggage management solution; and several automated boarding gates. Mohamed Mubarak Al Mazrouei, CEO of Abu Dhabi Airports, the airport operator, said: “We are building the Midfield Terminal to exceed global standards for connectivity and high-tech integration. We will ensure that the very latest in every system is installed. From baggage tracking and handling to flight display systems, passengers will benefit from a highly sophisticated IT support system to ease and speed their journey through the airport.” Meanwhile, Abu Dhabi Airports has announced that it will deploy a new traveller document authentication system using boarding pass validation technology from SITA. Airport iValidate will enhance security, accelerate passenger processing and reduce waiting times by automatically verifying all types of boarding passes, including mobile boarding and home-printed passes. The use of iValidate at Abu Dhabi International Airport will be the first deployment of the product in the Middle East. The iValidate system ensures that passengers are at the correct terminal and security checkpoint, and enables them to present their barcode boarding passes either on paper or on their smartphones. The data is automatically validated, checked for duplicates and cross-referenced against the airport operational database and the airline’s departure control system. The information is then displayed to the security agent on an intuitive graphical user interface in a matter of seconds. The iValidate system, which was scheduled to be in place by June 2015, will include four security lanes with automatic gates, four mobile/paper boarding pass scanners and four hand-held wireless boarding pass scanners. The system will initially be deployed in Terminal 3 economy, followed by the Terminal 3 business area. It will also be implemented in both economy and business in Terminal 1. Ahmad Al Haddabi, COO at Abu Dhabi Airports, said: “Deploying such an advanced technology is a further demonstration of Abu Dhabi Airports’ determination to use the very best the market has to offer. Effectively managing the balance between continuous passenger flow and stringent security measures is a fundamental part of our operations, and the task is even more important in view of our continued growth.