Sharjah airport to be upgraded

SHARJAH — A 36 per cent increase in passenger traffic at the Sharjah International Airport last year will result in a major upgrade of the common check-in systems used by many airlines serving the airport’s three million passengers annually, an airport official said yesterday.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Wed 5 Sep 2007, 8:40 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:02 AM

Dr Ghanem Al Hajri, chairman of the Sharjah Aviation Services, said: “There has been a 36 per cent growth in passenger traffic over the last year, partly because we are now the home base for the Middle East’s first low-cost carrier, Air Arabia, which is experiencing great success.”

He added that SITA, a company providing integrated information technology (IT) business solutions and communication services for the air transport industry, has been helping them drive business transformation through the smart deployment of IT systems tailored to customers’ specific needs.

“We have now decided to upgrade to AirportConnect CUTE (Common Use Terminal Equipment), a web-enabled version of CUTE as part of our overall airport expansion plan,” Al Hajri said.

The SITA CUTE technology will support 105 check-in counters and workstations, which will maximise the airport’s terminal space and use of shared infrastructure.

The implementation will reduce the need for additional dedicated check-in facilities and allow the airport to maintain its high level of service to all airlines operating from Sharjah International Airport with minimal cost.

The locally hosted AirportConnect CUTE system at Sharjah International Airport is based on Windows XP and supports passenger processing applications such as departure control and boarding systems.

The system is also capable of full integration with airport operations systems such as flight information displays and baggage management systems.

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