SITA flies high with 55 new Letterkenny jobs

Leading IT provider to air transport industry SITA to create 55 high quality software engineering roles in Letterkenny.

As the air transport industry begins its slow recovery from the ravages of the Covid-19 pandemic, airports and governments are looking to streamline their operations and passenger journeys through automation and digitisation.

Leading this charge is SITA, a leading IT provider to the air transport sector, which is creating 55 new jobs in Letterkenny to develop the next generation of its highly successful SITA AT AIRPORTS portfolio.

“Airports and airlines are looking to technology to automate the passenger journey while digitalising their operations to drive new cost efficiencies. Many of these solutions are being developed in Letterkenny”

These new roles include software engineers, test engineers, UX designers, scrum masters and product owners.

Air transport industry ready to fly again

To meet the growing demands on the air transport industry SITA is accelerating the innovation and development of new solutions across baggage management, airport operations, passenger processing and border management.

These solutions are used in more than 1,000 airports and more than 60 governments globally.

“We all are eager to see our industry rebound and technology is a vital component of its recovery,” said David Lavorel, CEO of SITA Airports & Borders.

“Airports and airlines are looking to technology to automate the passenger journey while digitalising their operations to drive new cost efficiencies. Many of these solutions are being developed in Letterkenny.”

Lavorel noted that Ireland, and Letterkenny in particular, had in recent years established itself as an important hub for software development.

“Through the support of the Irish government, Letterkenny is recognised as a vital hub for software innovation, making it an obvious choice as a strategic location for the development of our SITA AT AIRPORTS portfolio.”

SITA established its office in Letterkenny in 2003, growing the team from 20 to more than 100 today. In 2015 it invested in a new-state-of-the-art building to accommodate the growing software teams. Today, SITA’s teams in Letterkenny are responsible for designing and creating software solutions for four of SITA’s key portfolios.

“Today’s announcement by SITA further embeds its operations in the North West and strengthens Ireland’s position within the group as a key operational hub,” said IDA Ireland CEO Martin Shanahan.

“This investment demonstrates IDA Ireland’s continued commitment to winning regional investment and further endorses Ireland as an attractive location for FDI.”

The news was also welcomed by Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar, TD.

“This planned expansion highlights the company’s continued commitment to Ireland and the North-West and shows that we are succeeding in attracting high-calibre companies and highly skilled jobs across the country,” Varadkar said. “I look forward to SITA’s continued success in Letterkenny.”

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 16 March 2021