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SITA Acquires Main IT Service Provider to Naples Airport

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 and providers.

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 capabilities.

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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 annually.

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