Spanish-based technology firm Amadeus has acquired Air-Transport IT Services (AirIT) to expand its presence in airport operations across North America. Amadeus acquired the firm from German-based airport operator Fraport.
AirIT’s solutions are used by 30 of the top 50 busiest international airports in the USA, including Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Dallas/Fort Worth, Los Angeles, Miami, and Charlotte Douglas International airports. The company has a strong customer base with more than 115 airlines and 120 airports based predominately in the USA, Canada, and the Caribbean. Approximately 70 AirIT employees, including the management team, will become part of Amadeus’s Airport IT business.
John Jarrell, head of Airport IT – Amadeus, said, “As the pace of recovery picks up over the next few years, the North American market, already the biggest airport IT market in the world, will represent an enormous opportunity for growth. With this acquisition, Amadeus accelerates the expansion of its Airport IT business in the region, gaining both a solid customer base and a highly experienced team, to provide innovative solutions to our customers.”
Betros Wakim, CEO, AirIT, said, “We look forward to joining the Amadeus team. We share a similar culture of innovation. This fact is exemplified in our passenger processing solutions. Amadeus’ Airport Common Use Service solution and the AirIT EASE platform both demonstrate industry-defining contemporary approaches to delivering airline common use.
“There are clearly dynamic synergies between the two companies, which will further enhance our ability to deliver complete end-to-end solutions to our respective customers globally. With our combined offerings, expertise, and infrastructure, we believe that we will have the opportunity to serve our customers even better.”