Airport IT survey reports higher priority on IT investments

Airport IT 2016 trends survey has found airports are placing a higher priority on IT investments for passenger and airport security, the company said.

The company said passenger and airport security have a 50 percent rating, up from 37 percent in 2015.

The survey found that for many airports, the investment focus has shifted to security in the wake of heightened regional tensions, some of which directly target air travel. While investment in passenger processing technology still ranks the number one priority for airports, it has dropped from 73 percent in 2015 to 59 percent in 2016 as security rises in priority.

These findings are from the 13th annual SITA Airport IT Trends and reflect the views of more than 225 airports who together manage 36 percent of the global traffic or 2.3 billion passengers. In 2016, 50 percent of survey respondents came from airports within the top 100 in terms of revenue.

SITA is a communications and IT solution provider for airlines, at airports and on aircraft. In 2015, SITA had consolidated revenues of USD1.7 billion. SITA´s subsidiaries and joint ventures include SITAONAIR, CHAMP Cargosystems and Aviareto.