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Cyber, cloud services and passenger self-service are top priorities
Airlines and airports will spend nearly US$33 billion (€27.4 billion) on information technology this year, according to a new report on IT trends.
They are focusing their tech investments on similar priorities. Top of the agenda for CIOs at airlines and airports are investments in cyber security and cloud services, the SITA 2017 Air Transport IT Trends Insights says.
They are also prioritising investments in passenger self-service.
The research of the world’s airlines and airports shows that IT spending remains strong. Airlines’ spend as a percentage of revenue will rise to an estimated 3.3%, or US$24.3 billion in 2017.
For airports, the rise is to an expected 5.05% for this year, or US$8.43 billion.
Looking ahead to 2018, over 70% of airlines and 88% of airports are expecting IT spend to increase or remain at the same levels as today.
Both airlines and airports agree that the number-one priority for their investments is cyber security. Nearly all of them – 95% of airlines and 96% of airports – plan to invest in major programs or R&D on cyber security initiatives over the next three years.
TTG Nordic

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