Beijing | December 4, 2014– Asia’s busiest airport, Beijing Capital International Airport, has once again chosen SITA to provide its passenger processing technology to manage its more than 80 million passengers. The award follows the highly successful 15-year relationship during which SITA supported the airport during the Olympic Games traffic surge in 2008.

In this four-year, multi-million dollar contract, SITA’s common-use technology, AirportConnect Open, will enable 700 work stations, more than 1,000 ticket or bag tag printers, nearly 300 scanners, more than 200 counters and 100 boarding gates in terminals 2 and 3 to be used by the airlines operating at the airport.

Shi Bo-Li, CEO, Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA), said: “SITA has been a trusted partner of BCIA for many years. Using SITA’s technology means that global standards are adhered to and the airlines know their applications will work smoothly and securely in Beijing. In the new contract period, let us continue to expect the excellent service SITA delivers 24/7 that makes them the ideal partner for our airport.”

Passengers are eager to use more self-service and SITA’s technology supports, this trend. Airports and airlines can use kiosks, self-boarding gates and self-bag drop to help manage peaks of passenger traffic. At Beijing, SITA is working with the airport to investigate how both kiosks and self-bag drop can support the management of its passengers as the airport continues to grow between 3 and 5 percent.

Francesco Violante, CEO, SITA, said: “The choice by Beijing Capital International Airport to continue to use SITA’s common-use platform is a testament of our strong working relationship. We are proud that over the last 15 years we have consistently delivered a very high level of customer satisfaction to BCIA. Our team on the ground at the airport works closely with BCIA and over the years has supported the airport as it has grown to manage more than 80 million passengers each year.”

SITA AirportConnect Open helps the airport to operate and manage its resources efficiently to provide high quality service to more than 80 airlines. The common-use passenger processing technology complies with all the international standards set by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and allows any airline to use any agent desk, gate position or self-service kiosk for passenger check-in and bag drop, and reconciles passengers boarded. More than 70% of the airports around the world that use common-use systems use SITA’s technology.

Sharjah, United Arab Emirates | September 22, 2014– Sharjah International Airport, home to Air Arabia, one of the Middle East’s fastest-growing low cost airlines, has selected SITA to provide its AirportConnect Open passenger processing technology for another five years.

SITA’s AirportConnect Open is the only platform capable of providing an integrated approach to Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE), Common Use Passenger Processing Systems (CUPPS) and Common Use Self-Service (CUSS) kiosks, hosted on one platform. This global-leading technology ensures the most efficient use of the airport to process passengers by allowing airlines to use any self-service kiosk, agent desk or gate position for passenger check-in, bag drop, and boarding.

With SITA AirportConnect Open, Sharjah International has common agent-facing facilities throughout the airport. SITA is supplying 230 workstations for check-in and boarding, double the number the airport had when it first introduced common-use.

Tony Smith, General Manager, Sharjah Aviation Services, Sharjah International Airport’s ground handling agent, said: “We always aspire to make travel as easy as possible for Sharjah’s customers, and SITA’s common-use has been a huge success for us and the airlines at the airport. We have become accustomed to SITA’s ability to deliver services which make the most sense for our airport. We look forward to this continuing over the next five years.”

Hani El-Assaad, SITA President, Middle East, India and Africa, said: “Sharjah International Airport is a long-standing SITA partner, and we are glad that its team has shown their confidence in our solutions with this five-year extension. This fast-growing airport has seen a dramatic rise in the number of passengers being processed over the last decade, and SITA’s services have ensured that the airport has continued to use the most up-to-date technology available.”

Sharjah International has been a SITA partner since 2003 and is the third largest airport in the United Arab Emirates, processing more than 7.5 million people a year.

Almost every airport and airline in the world does business with SITA. They are supported 24/7 by SITA’s global team of IT professionals, more than half of whom are based on-site at airports. It is this unrivalled presence at more than 1,000 of the world’s airports that makes SITA the ideal technology partner.