Bristol airport chooses Sita platform


Bristol airport chooses Sita platform

Antony Savvas

Bristol International Airport is deploying a new IT platform to cope with increasing passenger numbers.

The airport is adopting the Sita AirportConnect Cute (Common Use Terminal Equipment) Open IT platform, which includes self-service check-in kiosks. The airport is expecting the number of passengers passing through its terminal to eventually increase from 6 million to 9 million a year.

SITA has already started work on the five-year, £1m IT project, which will see Cute airline check-in and boarding systems installed.

Paul Davies, operations director at Bristol International, said, "We are partnering with Sita to increase our passenger handling capacity as demand for flights to and from Bristol continues to grow. This will be achieved by the smart deployment of airline and airport IT and the planned extension of the terminal building."

SITA's AirportConnect Cute Open is an integrated solution with network, software and hardware components. It serves as an airport IT platform that enables airlines to have their own proprietary applications running on Cute.

The project involves the deployment of 58 Cute work stations and eight Cuss (Common Use Self Service) check-in kiosks, which passengers can use to check in on the airline of their choice. The kiosks also support web check-in and are equipped with passport and visa readers for instant passenger recognition.

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