SITA to create 55 jobs at Letterkenny operations

Updated / Monday, 15 Mar 2021 08:22

SITA announces plans to expand its Letterkenny workforce

SITA, which provides IT services to the air transport industry, has announced plans to create 55 jobs in Letterkenny in Co Donegal.

The new jobs will be at SITA's Agile DevOps operations and the new roles include software engineers, test engineers, UX designers, scrum masters and product owners. 

SITA said that as the air transport industry begins its slow recovery from Covid-19, airports, airlines and governments are looking to further streamline their operations and passenger journey through automation and digitisation. 

To meet this growing demand, SITA is accelerating the innovation and development of new solutions across baggage management, airport operations, passenger processing and border management. 

SITA established its office in Letterkenny in 2003, growing the team from 20 to more than 100 today. 

In 2015 it invested in a building to accommodate the growing software teams and SITA's teams in Letterkenny are now responsible for designing and creating software solutions for four of SITA's key portfolios. 

The company's solutions are used in more than 1,000 airports and more than 60 governments globally.

David Lavorel, CEO of SITA Airports & Borders, said that everyone is eager to see the aviation industry rebound and technology is a vital component of its recovery. 

"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," Mr Lavorel said.

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

Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment Leo Varadkar said the company's planned expansion highlights its continued commitment to Ireland and the North-West and shows that the country is succeeding in attracting high-calibre companies and highly skilled jobs across the country. 

Martin Shanahan, the CEO of IDA Ireland, said 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. 

"This investment demonstrates IDA Ireland's continued commitment to winning regional investment and further endorses Ireland as an attractive location for FDI," he added.