SITA Acquires Main IT Service Provider to
SITA has acquired 100% of Software Design, an
Italian software and solution integrator tailored to airports and
the main IT service provider to Naples Airport.
Through this acquisition, SITA is looking to
strengthen its capacity to help airports in Italy and Europe
seamlessly manage and integrate technology across numerous systems
Software Design brings to SITA a strong
team of experts with deep airport knowledge, as well as project
management and system integration expertise.
With more than 50% of
revenue now derived from application-based solutions, SITA is
experiencing a growing demand for its airport-specific integration
SITA has acquired Software Design from the companyís managing
shareholders and 2i Aeroporti S.p.A, a joint venture between F2i,
one of the largest infrastructure funds operating in Italy, and Ardian, a
leading private investment house. Together F2i and Ardian
control one of Italyís main airport networks that includes Naples,
Milan, Turin, Alghero, Bologna and Trieste airports, serving more
than 58 million passengers and 650,000 tons of freight every year.
Sergio Colella, SITA President for Europe, said, ďAirports
are increasingly implementing digital transformation programs to
keep up with rapidly changing passenger expectations as well as
their quest for operational excellence. With this acquisition,
SITA complements its IT expertise in the air transport industry
with those of Software Design, one of the leading IT players
operating in the Italian airports space. This will allow SITA,
through Software Design, to power transformation for the benefit
of the Italian aviation industry.Ē
In welcoming the
70-strong Software Design team to SITA, Colella confirmed that the
company would continue to operate from Naples Airport, with SITA
leading an investment and transformation program to strengthen the
teamís capability to grow its presence across airports in Europe.
In 2018, Naples Airport achieved passenger
growth of 16% and today serves more than 10-million passengers
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what technology can airports and airlines use to minimise, or even
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Drummond, SITA's Portfolio Director Baggage in this exclusive