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Challenging the status quo in Airports with the acquisition of UFIS Airport Solutions

John Jarrell

Head of Airport IT, Amadeus IT Group

Amadeus is committed to shaping the future of travel, and it is the right time for us to join the technological revolution of our industry and capitalize on the innovation that technology brings. Today Amadeus has announced the acquisition of UFIS Airport Solutions, a deal which brings together two leading companies that share a vision and a community approach which will enable us to pursue our ambition of reshaping the complex business of airports.

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Thetechnology and systems than run an airport ecosystem have changed very little in the past 25 to 30 years. They are still far too disconnected and therefore hinder the opportunities for airport stakeholders to work together efficiently.

The industry is in dire need of a transformation, one which puts innovation and new technology at the forefront and places the passenger in the driver's seat. Only then can it begin to answer the manychallenges and problems airport stakeholders face today.

Having been a leader of the technology transformation of the airline business, it was only natural for Amadeus to get involved in revolutionising the airport industry as well. The acquisition of UFIS Airport Solutions is a major step towards that goal. UFIS has been a leading player in the airport IT business for the last 20 years, during which the company has won the trust of major airports across the world in London, Singapore and Dubai among others.

Headquartered in Singapore - one of the most dynamic travel industry locations,  UFIS brings to Amadeus a complementary set of products and services, and ample expertise in providing integrated solutions for single, multi-terminal and multi-airport operations. The addition of UFIS solutions to our portfolio will prove crucial to our vision: to deliver a fully managed IT service to airport operators and stakeholders, bringing them closer together with airlines and travel bookers.