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LONDON – 11 July 2007 – The UK’s fastest growing regional airport, Bristol International, today announced that it is switching to SITA’s AirportConnect CUTE Open IT platform – including self-service check-in kiosks – to handle predicted growth from six million to nine million passengers.

SITA has already started work on the five-year, $2 million project which will bring CUTE (Common Use Terminal Equipment), the world’s most popular airline check-in and boarding system, to Bristol International Airport which hosts 17 scheduled airlines and over 60 tour operators flying to 116 destinations.

Paul Davies, Operations Director of Bristol International, said, “We are partnering with SITA to increase our passenger handling capacity as demand for flights to and from Bristol continues to grow. This will be achieved by the smart deployment of airline and airport IT and the planned extension of the terminal building.”

SITA’s AirportConnect CUTE Open is an integrated solution with network, software and hardware components. It serves as an IT airport platform that enables airlines to have their own proprietary applications running on CUTE (common-use terminal equipment).

The project involves the deployment of 58 CUTE work stations and eight CUSS (Common Use Self Service) check-in kiosks which passengers can use to check in on the airline of their choice. The kiosks also support web check-in and are equipped with passport and visa readers for instant passenger recognition.

Rob Watkins, SITA Regional Vice President for Northern Europe, said “We are extremely pleased that SITA’s AirportConnect CUTE workstations and CUSS kiosks are helping Bristol International Airport meet their development plans. This innovative solution will improve passenger turn-around times now and as the airport expands. SITA has already successfully completed the first phase of the project, installing 25 workstations in a record time of six weeks, increasing capacity at the airport for its largest carrier.”


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Jo Marlow/Joanna Masson
08453 700 655
Octopus Communications for SITA

Notes to Editors:

About SITA

SITA is the world's leading service provider of integrated IT business solutions and communication services for the air transport industry. SITA manages complex communication solutions for its air transport, government and GDS customers over the world's most extensive communication network, complemented by consultancy in the design, deployment and integration of communication services. Its broad range of airline and airport IT applications and services includes airport operations and integrated baggage services, common use and desktop services, flight operations and air-to-ground communications and end-to-end airline distribution and fares services.

SITA has two main subsidiaries: OnAir, which is leading the race to bring in-flight mobile telephony to the market, and CHAMP Cargosystems, the world's only IT company solely dedicated to air cargo. SITA also operates two joint ventures providing services to the air transport community: Aviareto for aircraft asset management and CertiPath for secure electronic identity management. In addition, SITA sponsors .aero, the Internet top level domain reserved exclusively for aviation.

SITA covers 220 countries and territories and the head office is in Geneva, Switzerland. SITA had consolidated revenues of US$1.481 billion (€ 1.194 billion) in 2006.

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About Bristol International Airport

· Bristol International is the UK’s fifth largest regional airport and currently serves 116 destinations direct in 27 countries with an additional 450 destinations via international connections.

· Around 6 million passengers are expected to fly from the airport this year, over one million more passengers than from all other airports in the South West and Wales combined.

· Bristol International’s catchment area covers 10 counties in the West of England and South Wales.

· 7 million people live within a 2 hour drive time of the airport.

· Bristol International was awarded the title of the best regional airport in the World by Passenger Terminal World in December 2006.

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