Airports invest in IT and Telecoms
Along with the program of six airport concessions to the private sector, investment in information technology (IT) and telecommunications has risen. Sector executives calculate that within five years, spending may have reached R$ 2.3 billion, the equivalent of 10% of the total investment planned for the six airports, which is estimated at R$ 22.5 billion. The least optimistic estimate sits at around 2.5% of the total.
Investments in IT and telecommunications allow for increased efficiency in the infrastructure per available square meter.
In Brazil, suppliers are already preparing themselves. According to the Vice-President of Sita, a company specializing in air transport communications and IT services, the company’s turnover will rise by 15% – double the annual average in Brazil. ‘GRU Airport’ the company which operates Guarulhos Airport, has been Sita’s biggest client in Brazil since 2012.
Amadeus, the principal IT and solutions operator at Munich and Copenhagen airports intends to enter into its first services provision agreements in Brazil in 2015.
The head of sales and marketing for the airports served by Amadeus, Yannick Beurnardeau, says that processes and systems implemented by airliners at airport terminals may increase the capacity of the airport within five years, thus bringing the works during the period forward significantly. “The efficiency gains that we have made have increased the use of the terminals,” he says, citing Munich as an example.
Beurnardeau was in Brazil recently to negotiate agreements with private airport operators. For him, Brazil has one of the four biggest domestic aviation markets, is the most important hub (flight distribution center) in South America, and is undergoing an enormously important moment in terms of investment in infrastructure.
The Brazilian airports company, Infraero, is also investing in technology, with around R$ 114.9 million having been injected into IT systems over the last two years.
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