Mumbai airport first for SITA system

Mumbai International Airport is going live with India’s first modern airport management
system at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), Mumbai.The airport management system has been installed by the global provider of airport
IT solutions, SITA. This innovation heralds a significant turning point with a shift
from reliance on manual systems to IT-driven automation which enables end-to-end
management of airport resources in real-time.

CSIA which is India’s busiest airport has witnessed a huge growth of passenger and
freight volumes over the last five years. For the period April 2006-March 2007
passenger traffic at CSIA was 22.25 million, up by 21% over the corresponding period
in the previous year.


Sanjay Reddy, Managing Director, Mumbai International Airport, said, “In line with
MIAL’s vision of making CSIA a world class airport, we plan to invest in
best-in-class technology and systems. SITA’s Airport Management Solution will lead
to improved performance across the whole spectrum of our activity including more
efficient allocation of resources such as departure gates, aircraft slots, check-in
counters and baggage carousels to airlines and creating a state-of-the art flight
information display for the passengers. It will enable effective co-ordination and
real-time availability of information to airport managers and ground-handlers.”



Francesco Violante, SITA CEO, speaking in Mumbai today, said, “SITA has been very
involved in the development of air transport in India. We are proud to be associated
with India’s aviation revolution through this landmark act of airport
modernisation by MIAL.


“Airlines will immediately begin to reap the benefits of the SITA Airport
Management Solution as it will give them real-time oversight of the billable
services provided by the airport. It will also address any revenue leakage which
might otherwise be difficult to pinpoint. The solution provides efficiency and
transparency for both airline and airport alike.”


Violante who is paying his first visit to India since he was appointed CEO of SITA
last year,  added, “This development is just as significant as the introduction by
SITA of the first CUTE or Common Use Terminal Equipment for airline check-in at
Indian airports in 1998. We will also shortly be announcing details of a major
expansion in the air-ground VHF communications network that we began building in
India twelve years ago and which is now an important part of the shift from reliance
on voice communications to datalink.”


The full suite of SITA IT Applications included in the airport management system for
Mumbai International Airport comprises Airport Central, (Airport Operations Data
Base); Airport Resource Manager (a Resource Management System); and Airport Vision
(Flight Information Display System).


Airport Central provides a centralised database and automated functions for
receiving, processing and distributing consolidated operations data and is linked to
the “what if” capability of Airport Resource Manager which enables analysis of
multiple scenarios for long-range planning.


Airport Vision is based on the latest Internet technology with multi-media
capability for the attractive display of key flight information, weather, and other
travel information for the travelling public on airport monitors throughout the