SITA inks Moroccan airport contract

SITA has won a five-year, $5.6
million contract from the Moroccan National Office of Airports (ONDA) to improve
passenger flow through the country’s main airports in Casablanca, Agadir and
Marrakech.SITA has been
contracted by ONDA to install and maintain AirportConnect CUTE (common user terminal
equipment), a state-of-the art IT system for managing busy airport environments.

“Traffic at these airports is expanding fast from 7 million passengers in 2005.
Tourism in 2006 is expected to grow by 12%.  We are very satisfied to have SITA as
our IT partner. Not only can they meet our needs today but they are also able to
provide us with a development path to the future of common-use airport
functionality,” said Dr. Abdelhanine Benallou, ONDA CEO.


“The installation will consist of a full AirportConnect CUTE/XP system at
Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport which will also host AirportConnect
systems for Marrakech and Agadir Airports. It is ideal for efficient passenger
processing and also allows for deployment of a wide range of other applications as
needed,” said Jamal El-Hoss, SITA INC’s Regional Vice-President.



AirportConnect CUTE is a common software, hardware and network airport solution that
enables airlines and handling agents to access their own applications from
workstations and printers shared by all users. It is IP enabled and available in
wireless and dial-up versions.


It supports passenger processing applications such as departure control and boarding
systems as well as airport operations systems including flight information displays
and resource management. Baggage management is also supported.


SITA is also teaming up with SM International which will supervise ONDA maintenance
staff and provide help desk support for five years.