Mactan-Cebu International Airport Authority (MCIAA) to provide Mactan-Cebu airport with SITA’s state-of-the-art Airport Connect Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE) service.With an annual throughput of 2.5 million passengers, Mactan-Cebu International Airport is the second international gateway to the Philippines as well as being the domestic hub for the Visayas region.
The 44 check-in counters and departure gates at the airport are shared among a growing number of airlines, including Cathay Pacific, Malaysia Airlines, Asian Airlines, Korean Air, Silk Air, Qatar Airways, Mandarin Airlines, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific Air and Air Philippines as well as other smaller domestic carriers.
“Mactan-Cebu International Airport is the second international gateway after Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
It is critical to ensure its competitiveness in order to attract tourists and businessmen coming to Cebu.
SITA’s AirportConnect CUTE service will enable the airport and its existing terminal to handle the increasing number of domestic and international carriers, especially as Cebu and the surrounding islands are quickly becoming the destination of choice of many passengers from North Asian countries,” commented Major General Yap, the General Manager of MCIAA.
Speaking about the $2.3 million contract, Russ Lewis, SITA INC Airport & Desktop Regional Vice President in Asia Pacific said: “It’s a top priority for SITA to help airports to adopt the latest technologies and to install the best available facilities to serve their airline customers.
With SITA’s AirportConnect CUTE service, the airlines at Mactan-Cebu International Airport can share check-in facilities, thus maximising the use of space, reducing costs and improving the passenger experience by tackling congestion.”
As a next generation solution, AirportConnect supports the deployment of airport, airline and other tenant systems over a wide variety of workstations including PCs, thin-clients, kiosks, Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) and cell phones.
Using a single, open standard platform, AirportConnect simultaneously provides the benefits of a dedicated (single user) environment with the flexibility and convenience of a shared (multiple user) one.
SITA’s solutions are designed to help airports maximize security, combat congestion, improve operating efficiencies and reduce costs.
They provide airports with the technology architecture required to take advantage of a broad range of IP-based services which are vital to the future of the air transport industry.
SITA currently manages some 30,000 CUTE workstations for 285 customers in more than 200 airport locations worldwide, checking-in an estimated 580 million passengers a year.