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China airport braces for more passenger traffic

Veronica C. Silva | Oct. 14, 2011
Chengdu Airport picks Unisys to set up systems in new Terminal 2.

One of China's busiest airports is gearing up for an increase in passenger traffic and has picked a systems integrator to build the systems infrastructure for a new terminal.

The partner of Unisys Corporation in China has been picked to integrate key airport and traffic control systems in Chengdu Airport, which is considered Western China's busiest airport and China's sixth largest airport.

Sinotec, a Unisys partner in aviation industry in the Asia Pacific region, has tasked Unisys to build the core operational systems for the Chengdu Airport, including the Airport Operational Database (AODB) and the Flight Information Management system. The new AODB will be integrated with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system. 

Unisys will supply the airport's Terminal 2 with the Enterprise Service Bus (ESB) and take the lead role in the interface design. It will also test and integrate all the various disparate airport systems to be used in the new terminal. Unisys will also be around as the systems undergo the trial phase and provide maintenance for five years after the complete system has gone live and been accepted, which is planned for 2012.

Passenger traffic

The systems need to be in place before the expected surge in passenger traffic, which is expected to increase to 53 million by 2015. This is an increase from 25.8 million passengers that the Civil Aviation Administration of China recorded last year.

"The expansion of Chengdu Airport is a reflection of the health of China's aviation industry overall," said Sury Chavali, head of the aviation practice, Unisys Asia Pacific. "Last year, China became the world's second largest economy. Such growth helps attract both international business travellers, and increases demand from domestic leisure travellers. Airports such as Chengdu will rely on integrated IT systems to offer travellers an enjoyable and efficient experience."

Unisys has done other airport projects in the region, among them Terminal 3 at Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA), which was completed in time for the 2008 Olympic Summer Games; Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, also in China; and the new Terminal 3 at Delhi International Airport (DIAL), made ready for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in India.


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