July 14, 2021
Munich Airport International GmbH (MAI), originator of operational readiness and airport transfer (ORAT) services, and Atlanta-based Citiri Inc., as provider of an ORAT project management software, announced today that they will partner in providing digital ORAT services to airport operators and infrastructure developers. By combining the knowhow and experience of MAI with Citiri’s management platform the partners will be able to offer an advanced ORAT solution including remote services to clients worldwide. The solution serves any airport operator, authority or investor who 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 born in Munich in 1992, when Munich Airport relocated to its current site in an unprecedented overnight operation. Over the past 30 years we have successfully delivered more than 40 ORAT programs worldwide and have improved and refined the process for the benefit of our customers continuously,” said Dr. Ralf Gaffal, MAI’s managing director. “Partnering with Citiri will allow us to digitalize the ORAT process to help our customers save money and time during the construction phase and to realize more value over the life of the development and activation project.”
Munich Airport was the 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 the airports SFO, LAX, ATL, SEA, and others. 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 minimize risk and maximize ROI by harnessing the power of construction alignment. The framework invented and refined by Munich Airport International, is the foundation for construction alignment,” said Gude. “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.”