As a new company based in Abu Dhabi with a mission to become Africa’s leading airport group, Afroport has entered a long-term agreement with Amadeus, which will see the airports in Afroports portfolio transition to Amadeus Flow, a cloud-based platform for delivering passenger services.
“As a new operator we’re lucky because we can choose the very latest systems to underpin our business model,” said Vincent Dennehy, CEO, Afroport. “With Amadeus Flow, even a small, remote, African airport can benefit from the most advanced technology, which is reliable, continually updated and easy to deploy.”
The Government of Mauritania has already tasked Afroport with the modernisation and management of Nouakchott Airport and is the first Afroport to move to Amadeus’ cloud technology. The project which began at the peak of the pandemic in June 2020 was completed remotely without the need for any on-site engineers.
Importantly for a remote location such as Nouakchott, virtually any airline can now connect to the airport easily over the internet, deploying its own applications simply, without an on-site IT project.
The airport is now back up to 90% of 2019 levels of passenger traffic with travellers and airlines now benefitting from the major technology modernisation. New cloud solutions are helping ground handlers provide a consistent service at key passenger touchpoints, better and more cost-effectively track and manage passenger bags as well as a new cloud computing infrastructure that connects the airport to its airline partners more easily.
Commenting on the partnership with Afroport, Yannick Beunardeua, VP Airport IT EMEA said: “The Afroport team has a wealth of experience in aviation and a compelling model for modernising airports across Africa. We’re pleased to be moving them to our cloud-based platform, which has native integration to hundreds of airlines, making it much easier for carriers to begin serving Nouakchott whilst delivering a modern passenger experience.”
Nouakchott-Oumtounsy International Airport is located on the North Western coast of Africa in Nouakchott. Featuring two runways, the airport was opened in 2016 as a replacement for the Mauritanian capital’s existing airport and was the largest infrastructure development project carried out in Mauritania since the 1960s.