Hyderabad International Airport


When the new Rajiv Gandhi International Airport opened at Shamshabad in Hyderabad in March 2008 with UFIS® running, it was the first of several successes for UFIS Airport Solutions (UFIS-AS) in India.

The first green-field airport built in India with public-private partnership began operations in March with UFIS® products playing a key role in its flight planning, apron resource management and flight information display.

In partnership with Siemens Information System Limited (SISL) India, UFIS-AS successfully delivered its Airport Operational Database, Flight Information Processing System, Apron Management System and Flight Information Display System, together with systems integration and interfaces to standard external systems such as the ATC, AFTN and SITA Telex.

The UFIS® Airport Operational Database (AODB) is the heart of the IT environment. The AODB provides a state-of-the-art, fully scalable solution, combining the highest level of security with real-time performance. The most important function of the AODB is to provide a data integration platform for all IT systems at the airport as well as off-airport systems. Information from UFIS® and other systems is stored in the AODB and is made available to authorized applications and systems.

In addition, UFIS-AS recently installed its Data Changes module -- a tool which allows the airport IT team to audit changes made on its system.

The UFIS® Flight Information Process System (FIPS) supports airport operations by enabling the user to manage their flight schedules and to process incoming flight information changes in a real-time setting. As a part of the FIPS module, telex processing also allows for the interpretation of incoming telexes, updating the appropriate data in the AODB and making it accessible to the users. The apron management application is a rule-based system which enables planners and dispatchers to produce an up-to-the-minute plan for gate, stand, check-in counter and baggage belt assignment to individual aircraft. An easy-to-use rule generator is provided for the operators to develop new rules or edit existing ones to cater for changes in operational procedures and agreements with the airlines.

The Flight Information Display System (FIDS) module updates the information displayed on the public information boards and monitors. Besides the web-based counter application running on the CUTE workstations, a web-based staff information application provides information throughout the whole airport intranet. This application enables staff to call up flight and airport-related information relevant to their particular tasks.

Situated approximately 30 kilometers from Hyderabad, the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport was built at a cost of $6 billion, and it is expected to witness a boom on the domestic front. Many airlines are planning to make it their hub and increase flight frequencies. The new airport is expected to provide the infrastructure needed to cater to the growing need of the global interchange of passengers and goods. GMR Hyderabad International Airport Limited (GHIAL) was formed to design, finance, build, operate, and maintain the airport.