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Mumbai Int. Airport to Upgrade Technology with SITA Partnership

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Mumbai International Airport (MIAL), managed by the GVK-led consortium that operates Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA), has entered into a 10-year partnership with SITA, one of the world's leading specialists in air transport communications and information technology.

 As part of the agreement, SITA will provide its passenger handling technology to CSIA, the main gateway to Mumbai and Indias second busiest airport.

The portfolio of services that will be provided to CSIA primarily includes SITA AirportConnect Open, the common-use passenger system which includes common-use check-in and boarding, along with self-service kiosks.

 SITA will also provide its renowned baggage reconciliation system, which is designed to ensure the right bag is on the right plane with the right passenger.

 CSIA will also be one of the first airports in the world to benefit from SITAs Airport iValidate this will be used to process passengers at terminal entry points and prior to going to the airside, ensuring validity for the terminal, flight and flight time and thereby also increasing overall security.

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Rajeev Jain, CEO, MIAL, said, MIAL has always pioneered the implementation of industry leading initiatives for CSIA, currently the second busiest airport in India. As the technological requirements at CSIA have gradually evolved over a period of time, MIAL is pleased to have SITA on board as its long-term technology partner and who has also played a very credible role in the modernization of CSIA in the past. MIAL is looking forward to strengthening that partnership in the days to come.

SITA will fully integrate the passenger services with the existing airport management system it supplies, delivering benefits to both airlines and passengers.

 As part of the program, the new systems will be used at the existing domestic terminals 1A and 1B and also in the state-of-the-art integrated terminal T2.

SITA AirportConnect Open will be in place at more than 600 counters and 90 common-use self-service (CUSS) kiosks will be spread across the international and domestic departure areas at T2.

 For the baggage system, more than 120 hand held terminals will keep track of passengers bags.

Through use of these new systems, MIAL will be able to better manage the huge increase in passenger volume expected in the next few years. Over the past year, overall passenger traffic at CSIA rose to nearly 31 million. Going forward, MIAL plans to increase its handling capacity at the airport from 36 flights per hour to 48, with a total capacity of 40 million passengers annually.

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