Amadeus Continues Expansion Into Airport IT Space With the Acquisition Of UFIS Airport Solutions

Strategic acquisition of an airport IT leader to add complementary product set and key customers relationships in Asia, Europe and the Middle East


Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the global travel industry, today announced that it continues its expansion into the Airport IT space with the acquisition of UFIS Airport Solutions, a leading airport information technology player.

The acquisition of UFIS Airport Solutions significantly enhances Amadeus’ existing position within the Airport IT industry. UFIS brings to Amadeus a complementary suite of airport technology solutions based on UFIS’ 25 years of unique Airport IT software development expertise, as well as a set of important customer relationships worldwide with specific emphasis on Asia, the Middle East and Europe.

John Jarrell, Head of Airport IT, Amadeus commented: “This strategic acquisition accelerates our move into the Airport IT industry, confirming Amadeus as a key provider in this space, and emphasizing our commitment to this sector. There are numerous synergies between the two companies including very strong management and development teams in addition to innovation and customer focus. Together, we are well positioned to shape the future of travel for the airport industry which today stands at a business model crossroads, evolving more and more to become business-oriented service providers with passengers as their top priority.”

“The acquisition is very good news for our customers and employees worldwide who will now benefit from the addition of Amadeus’ scale, global reach, and travel industry expertise, a solid foundation to revolutionise the airport experience to meet the needs of today’s sophisticated travellers,” said Holger Mattig, President & CEO, UFIS Airport Solutions. “We are confident that joining forces with this world class player will result in outstanding and comprehensive solutions for the airport community.”

UFIS’ products and services offerings are complementary to Amadeus’ Airport IT product set, bringing specific expertise in the areas of Airport Operational Databases, Resource Management Systems, Flight Information Display Systems, Collaborative Decision Making tools and Hub Management solutions.

The majority of UFIS’ employees, including top management, are based in Singapore. The company has been providing integrated solutions for single, multi-terminal and multi-airport operations for the global airport community for more than two decades. UFIS Airport Solutions is an industry leader in enabling its customers to carry out collaborative airport management, an approach that perfectly fits Amadeus’ Airport IT strategy.

As a result of the transaction approximately 54 employees globally, including UFIS’ management team, will become part of Amadeus’ Airport IT Group.

Amadeus is a leading provider of advanced technology solutions for the global travel industry. Customer groups include travel providers (e.g. airlines, hotels, rail and ferry operators, airports, etc.), travel sellers (travel agencies and websites), and travel buyers (corporations and travel management companies).

The Amadeus group employs around 10,000 people worldwide, across central sites in Madrid (corporate headquarters), Nice (development) and Erding (operations), as well as 71 local Amadeus Commercial Organisations globally.

The group operates a transaction-based business model.  For the year ended December 31, 2012 the company reported revenues of €2,910.3million and EBITDA of €1,107.7 million. Amadeus is listed on the Spanish Stock Exchange under the symbol "AMS.MC" and is a component of the IBEX 35 index.

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