IT developer Amadeus has been contracted by airport operator ASA to implement its common use platform and departure control systems in four airports across Cape Verde, an archipelago of 10 islands located off the northwest coast of Africa.
Amadeus will implement its Airport Common Use Service (ACUS) and Altéa Departure Control (DC) systems in four of the country’s seven airports. The enhanced capabilities will allow passenger processing systems to be accessed and deployed anywhere in the terminal, meaning that airlines and ground handlers can use the platform from a desktop computer or laptop. This will enable passengers to be checked-in and boarding passes to be printed from any location, resulting in greater operational flexibility. Airline customers will also benefit from the simplified network connectivity model, which facilitates the opening of new routes by substantially reducing the time needed to deploy their applications at the airports.
With ACUS, only a single connection is required between the airline Departure Control System (DCS) and the ACUS cloud platform, meaning airlines connect to the Amadeus data center, rather than the local airport. Amadeus then takes care of connecting the airline’s DCS to the required airports allowing current and new international and domestic airlines to fly to any Cape Verde airport for regular, seasonal or charter operations eliminating network and deployment charges at the airport.
Sandro De Brito, CEO at ASA, said, “Over the last year, we have seen tremendous growth in tourism in Cape Verde as it’s becoming a popular alternative destination to North Africa and the Middle East. This partnership with Amadeus allows us to scale our operations to increase our airports’ capacities and productivity in the most efficient and cost effective manner not only to meet today’s demand but to also position ourselves for future growth possibilities.”
John Jarrell, head of airport IT at Amadeus, said, “We see the cloud as a natural evolution for ASA and other airports operating in a dedicated use environment, as the reduction in operational costs and more efficient use of infrastructure will prepare them for future growth. We are very pleased to be working with ASA to see all of its stakeholders – airports, airlines, ground handlers and travelers alike – benefit from the dramatic advantages of ACUS.”