Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport Prepares for EURO 2012; ARINC Providing Passenger Check-in Technology

Collins Aerospace

With tens of thousands of football fans arriving in Poland to attend the EURO 2012TM tournament matches this summer, Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport will be ready to handle its share of the visitors.

The airport recently more than doubled its passenger capacity by increasing airside infrastructure and adding a second passenger terminal. Terminal 2 began operations on Friday, April 6.

Passenger Check-In Technology

Passenger Check-In Technology

To handle the volume of passengers expected from ten airlines operating out of Terminal 2, the airport has chosen vMUSE EnterpriseTM hosted technology from ARINC Incorporated as its common-use passenger check-in technology and departure solution. 

nlike common-use systems that require costly IT hardware on site, ARINC’s vMUSE Enterprise solution delivers passenger processing as an Internet service. The check-in and departure functions use inexpensive “thin client” terminals in conjunction with an Internet connection.

“ARINC’s hosted solution is very economical to deploy,” states Tony Chapman, ARINC Senior Director, Integrated Travel Solutions. “It is completely scalable, so the airport can 
dd new airlines at any time or expand the airport facilities when required by simply adding additional terminal. This ability makes vMUSE Enterprise an attractive cost-effective passenger solution, for seasonal, mid-size, or larger airports.”

Because the data processing for vMUSE Enterprise occurs at an off-site data centre managed by ARINC, there is no need for the costly servers, core rooms, and computer workstations typical with other common-use systems. The need for on-site server maintenance, back-ups, and health checks is also eliminated. Airports can lower their IT capital and support costs while enjoying advanced common-use passenger services with improved overall system reliability and security.

As an added benefit, vMUSE Enterprise greatly reduces power consumption compared with conventional server-based core systems, enabling airports to lower their carbon footprint.

Along with Warsaw, Poznan, and Wroclaw, Gdansk is one of Poland’s four Host Cities with venues for the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations) EURO 2012 matches. With the opening of Terminal 2, Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport will serve 5.0 million passengers a year. In addition to facility improvements for EURO 2012, the airport will enact a special management plan to ensure efficient and friendly service for the volume of fan traffic expected from all over Europe.

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