To handle the increasing demand for air travel in the Latin America region, El Dorado airport has evolved many of its technologies and IT processes. Fabian Ramos, CTO at El Dorado, offers more details on this transformation.
El Dorado International Airport serves Bogotá, Colombia and its surrounding areas as the third busiest airport in Latin America. In 2019 alone, it served over 35 million passengers and 741,000 metric tonnes of cargo. As more Latin Americans adapt their travel preferences, the airport is expected to continue growing.
Overall economic growth is one of the key factors sparking this travel trend. The aviation industry is still growing in Latin America, especially when compared to Europe and the United States. In fact, Juan Carlos Salazar, Director of Colombia’s civil aviation authority, stated that Colombia foresees traffic growing to over 100 million passengers annually by 2030.
With the ability to handle 40 million passengers, El Dorado International Airport needed to increase its capacity and better utilise existing space through innovative modernisation efforts. Álvaro González, CEO of OPAIN SA, which operates El Dorado International Airport, described the company’s goal “to make El Dorado a world-class airport with world-class facilities and services that match its status as the gateway to Bogotá and Colombia.”
The airport sought to modernise and optimise the existing terminals and embrace new ways to increase passenger flow through security and into duty-free shops. To help the airport better meet this expanded demand, El Dorado sought out partners to provide innovations that could enhance passenger processing and the use of biometrics, as well as cyber-security to safeguard the airport from cyber-threats…