Geneva-based Sita has won a contract to provide information technology (IT) solutions at the new $750m terminal at Jordan’s Queen Alia International Airport.

Sita will now provide IT solutions that will be used to operate 70 check-in counters, 18 departure gates, 16 transfer desks and 133 flight display screens across the terminal.

The terminal is scheduled to open in the first quarter of 2012 and will increase the airport’s capacity to 9 million passengers a year. In 2009, Queen Alia International handled 4.7m passengers, which represented a 6.5 per cent increase on figures in 2008.

A second phase of expansion will see the terminal accommodate 12 million passengers a year. It will be carried out depending on passenger demand.

The expansion work is being carried out by Airport International Group, which is a Jordanian consortium comprising the UAE’s Invest AD, Kuwait’s Noor Financial Investment Company, Jordan’s Edgo Group, Cyprus-based Joannou & Paraskevaides and France’s Aeroports de Paris Management.

Sita expects to implement the IT solutions in time for a testing period in October 2011.

Jordan is also planning to expand Aqaba airport that will see capacity double to two million passengers a year.

The tender process is scheduled to begin by the end of July (MEED 27:4:10).