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Vice President, Portfolio & Solutions Management, SITA
Matthys Serfontein

Matthys Serfontein was appointed Vice President, Portfolio & Solutions Management in March 2017.

Matthys joined SITA in 2007 as Regional Vice President for airport solutions in Africa and has held his current position since 2012. Prior to this, Matthys enjoyed various senior management positions for the Airport Company South Africa and the South African companies, e.Airports Ltd and OSI Airport Systems as Managing Director.

Matthys holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting and a Post Graduate Degree in Management Accounting. In addition he also has an Airport Management diploma from the International Aviation Management Training Institute in Canada. He is based in Atlanta.

Latest blog posts

Which technologies will truly transform travel?

Published on  01 March 2017 07:37  by Matthys Serfontein

There are three key areas where I believe we will feel the immediate impact of technology at airports in 2017. These developments will truly transform travel in the years ahead.

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Dancing in the streets

Published on  10 February 2016 02:07  by Matthys Serfontein

It is not every day that our customers celebrate the implementation of our technology with dancing in the street! But yesterday Miami International Airport changed the traditional “Fat Tuesday” – to “App Tuesday” and had bands and dancers throughout the terminal. It was all for the great new MIA Airport Official app which we developed for them.

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Collaborate, collaborate, collaborate

Published on  06 November 2015 03:00  by Matthys Serfontein

If we do come together – airports and airlines, regulators and government agencies, technology providers and retailers – there’s no telling what we can accomplish. And with emerging technologies like the Internet of Things just around the corner, there’s no telling what that future will look like.

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Stuck at base

Published on  29 September 2015 01:48  by Matthys Serfontein

If like me you missed ACI World, make sure you read Catherine Mayer’s blog, Waves of the future. Along with Catherine’s great analysis, there were three major messages for airports to take home from Panama.

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No delays

Published on  24 September 2015 09:23  by Matthys Serfontein

What should airports and their partners do to improve flight punctuality and operations overall? Essentially, it requires many different stakeholders, including ground handlers, airlines, border control and air traffic control, to collaborate effectively.

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Paradigm change in airport design

Published on  04 May 2015 03:48  by Matthys Serfontein

Airport terminals are arguably the most technology-reliant buildings open to the public. The heavy reliance on technology has prompted architects to collaborate with IT specialists during the design phase of new airports and terminals. (SITA was involved in this early collaboration during the building of intelligent airports in Sao Paolo (GRU) and Rio de Janeiro.)

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Can we get through the airport in 10 minutes?

Published on  05 March 2015 09:53  by Matthys Serfontein

The fast adoption of smartphone technology by passengers has opened the door to new self-service options and further automation of the journey through the airport.

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