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Munich Airport subsidiary enhances its global ORAT offering


Munich Airport subsidiary, Munich Airport International (MAI), is to partner with Atlanta-based Citiri to offer digital operational readiness and airport transfer (ORAT) services to airport operators and infrastructure developers across the globe.

MAI claims that by combining its knowhow and experience of helping airports open new facilities with Citiri’s ORAT management platform software, the partners will be able to offer an advanced ORAT solution including remote services to clients worldwide.

It believes that their new partnership can serve any airport operator, authority or investor that are planning and implementing an airport development project, be it an extension of existing infrastructure or construction of a new airport with landside and airfield facilities and systems.

“ORAT was effectively born in Munich in 1992, when Munich Airport relocated to its current site in an unprecedented overnight operation,” enthuses MAI managing director, Dr Ralf Gaffal.

“Over the past 30 years we have successfully delivered more than 40 ORAT programmes worldwide and have improved and refined the process for the benefit of our customers continuously.

“Partnering with Citiri will allow us to digitalise the ORAT process to help our customers save money and time during the construction phase and to realise more value over the life of the development and activation project.”

Munich Airport was indeed first airport worldwide to develop and employ the ORAT process to address delays, cost-overruns, and value-leakage on large-scale airport construction projects.

Studies have shown that a professionally managed ORAT process can result in significant savings and risk mitigation over the lifespan of a complex infrastructure development project. This framework, conceived by the Munich Airport team, has proven so successful that it has been adopted by airports and airlines across the globe.

Citiri’s current customers include San Francisco International Airport (SFO), Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).

Citiri’s CEO, Ortez Gude, comments: “It makes perfect sense that our company partners with the global ORAT market leader MAI as the software we have developed is based on MAI’s framework.”

“Citiri was founded with a mission to help construction owners minimise risk and maximise ROI by harnessing the power of construction alignment. The framework invented and refined by Munich Airport International, is the foundation for construction alignment.

“MAI has proven the soundness of the framework across billions of dollars in projects. With our partnership, MAI and Citiri are bringing ORAT and capital program execution into the 21st century for the benefit of airports around the world.”

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