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Thu, 16 June 2022

SITA to Provide Skyports with Technology for Vertiport Testbed Near Paris

(16 June 2022, 09:59 +07)  SITA has been chosen to provide digital solutions for Skyports, a developer of vertiport infrastructure for the Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) industry.

SITA technology will first be implemented at the Skyports Cergy-Pontoise vertiport testbed on the outskirts of Paris.

Being developed in partnership with Groupe ADP and scheduled for completion in September 2022, the testbed will demonstrate the full passenger journey, from arrival at the vertiport terminal to eVTOL aircraft departure. The partnership aims to highlight the ease with which passengers will be able to navigate the AAM ecosystem.

SITA will provide Skyports with technology for its vertiport testbed near Paris. Click to enlarge.
SITA will provide Skyports with technology for its vertiport testbed near Paris

Passenger autonomy, ease, and convenience are central to the success of the industry and the widespread adoption of AAM. Passengers will be able to book and reserve flights on eVTOL aircraft via a mobile app powered by SITAs biometric capabilities. Upon arrival at the Skyports vertiport, SITA face pods will be used to identify and verify passengers.

Duncan Walker, CEO of Skyports, said, Advanced Air Mobility has presented an opportunity to reimagine the entire travel experience, from the vehicles we use and energy sources we rely on, right down to the way passengers book and check-in to flights. We are partnering with SITA to move into this next crucial stage in the planning and development of the AAM industry defining the experience for end-users. Everything we do at Skyports is underpinned by the belief that there is a faster, smarter, more streamlined way to travel. Our work with SITA will demonstrate how that translates to the passenger journey.

Much of the magic in streamlining the passenger journey occurs behind the scenes. SITA will provide an automated scheduling solution to support Skyports airside operations. Once a passenger requests a booking, a flight slot will automatically be secured at both departure and destination, ensuring the aircraft is operationally ready and waiting when the passenger arrives. It will also ensure that all the resources needed to support that flight are in place to ensure an on-time departure.

Sergio Colella, President of Europe at SITA, said, With Skyports, we have the potential to use existing airport technology to totally redesign the passenger journey, with a light-touch process using just your mobile or facial biometric to complete the various steps in the journey. Together we will also work with existing airports to support Advanced Air Mobility solutions in the future.

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