The largest provider of IT services for aviation is leaving Russia

The largest provider of IT services for aviation is leaving Russia

SITA was ready to cooperate with aviation hubs, but the latest EU sanctions package contains amendments that blocked the possibility of working in Russia

The largest provider of IT services for aviation is leaving Russia

One of the world's largest IT providers in the aviation industry, SITA, will leave Russia on July 1 this year, according to a source in the aviation industry.

"SITA is leaving the territory of the Russian Federation as of July 1, 2023. All companies have now been notified," the source said. He also noted that Russian airlines and airports have managed to replace all the company's services.

The Swiss company SITA provides reservation systems, electronic boarding and baggage systems, as well as various other airport and aviation IT services.

In particular, most Russian airports used SITA's CUTE system. The platform allows passengers from different airlines to be registered at one counter. Russian carriers, in turn, used the ticket booking system.

After the war broke out, SITA started disconnecting airlines in Russia from its services. Almost all of them switched to the Russian Leonardo and TAIS systems.

At the same time, SITA was ready to cooperate with air hubs until the end, but the latest package of EU sanctions contained amendments that blocked the company's ability to operate in Russia. In this regard, it warned Russian airports that it would disconnect them from its services on June 30, 2023.

Background. As a reminder, the CEO of Ural Airlines provided planes to airlift the occupiers to Ukraine.

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