SITA's network to be used in 50 airlines flying into India

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Hyderabad, Oct 15 (UNI) Aviation IT specialist SITA today claimed that over 50 airlines flying into India will use its communications network for provision of advance passenger information.

Following a test period, over 50 airlines were already using SITA's community Advance Passenger Information System (APIS) solution, which had to be customised to meet the new security requirements of the Indian Government, SITA Senior Vice-President (Applications Services) Bruno Frentzel said in a press release at India Aviation 2008, here.

''SITA, as a community provider of IT solutions to the air transport industry, has been able to provide APIS solution to meet both the needs of the airlines and the Indian Government,'' he added.

SITA Director for India and South Asia Maneesh Jaikrishna said APIS will allow automatic detection of suspects before boarding the aircraft by cross-matching the passengers' data against watch lists.

By the end of the year, almost all of the airlines, serving 75 per cent of all India-bound passengers, will use APIS solutions, he claimed.

In line with ICAO Recommended Practice, APIS collects basic biographical information from machine-readable travel documents such as passports and visas.

SITA's solution is being used for airlines flying into six major airports -- Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Cochin, Hyderabad and Chennai.

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