Airlines to invest $33b in ICT


Global airlines and airports are projected to spend nearly $33 billion on information technology in the next four months, statistics from Geneva-based Air Travel Solutions provider ( SITA) revealed.

According to SITA, the amount shows that airlines are focusing their technology investments on similar priorities, in particular cyber security.

“The air transport industry is going through digital transformation and focusing its attention on protecting the business and passengers; making it more efficient and improving the passenger experience”, Ilya Gutlin, president of Air Travel Solutions, , said.

He added that cyber-attacks are a very real threat in the highly interwoven air transport industry so building solid defenses is essential. Cloud services provide important efficiencies which play a key role in keeping costs down.

“Investments in self-service improves passenger satisfaction as they welcome the independence and efficiencies it delivers.”

Gutlin  said: “When it comes to information technology  investment, airports and airlines are aligned to provide better, more secure service to customers.

“The interdependencies built into air transport systems mean investments and improvements in all these areas, by airlines and airports alike, will continue to contribute to a strong global industry.”

SITA is a multinational information technology company which provides telecommunication services to the aviation industry.