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Hong Kong airport chooses Kiwi tech

New Zealand-headquartered Gentrack has signed a deal to provide one of the world's busiest airports with its aeronautical billing system.

New Zealand-headquartered Gentrack has signed a deal to provide one of the world's busiest airports with its aeronautical billing system.

Gentrack, a provider of airport management solutions, prevailed against a "large number" of competing companies in an "exhaustive global selection process", it said in a statement.

But Gentrack's Airport 20/20 was the system of choice to support the Hong Kong airport’s growth plans, said general manager Nigel Farley.

He said the company had a track record of success with aeronautical billing system deployments in Australia, North America and Europe.

Gentrack has appointed Hewlett-Packard, which has delivered IT systems to the airport since its establishment in 1998, as its partner and sub-contractor to support the project.

“A local partner with onsite presence adds significant value to the project given their knowledge of HKIA’s existing IT infrastructure and strategy.”

Airport 20/20 will consolidate four existing billing systems at the Hong Kong airport and integrate with its existing operational database.

Nearly 51 million passengers passed through through Hong Kong International Airport's gates in 2010 and the International Air Transport Association is forecasting growth to 97 million by 2030, with cargo volumes and air traffic forecast to almost double in the same period.