HIA implements electronic invoicing system

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Qatar's Hamad International Airport (HIA) in cooperation with International Air Transport Association (IATA) has implemented the IATA Simplified Invoicing and Settlement (SIS) platform,an electronic invoicing system.

It is an electronic invoicing framework that streamlines the air transport industry's charging and settlement exercises by enhancing and reducing the cost of back-office forms, unifying invoicing standards and reducing paper waste and ultimately fostering a simpler and more efficient environment for airlines and aviation business partners. 

 

 

Simplified Invoicing and Settlement (SIS) platform, HIA has billed 46 invoices for each month for 23 airlines and in addition charged an aggregate income of QR150m every year with a critical cost sparing of 2 percent for every year. HIA's movement to the SIS platform sets to hold fast to the most recent receipt information principles for the aeronautics business and will see a huge decrease of physical work and paper-driven exercises, for example, invoicing and debate taking care of and also conveying unmistakable monetary advantages to the business. 

It will likewise eliminate unnecessary paperwork, mail charges and dispatch expenses and in addition relieve the dangers identified with lost records and inward paper taking care of and additionally enhance authority over money streams, as information is in effect specifically connected to the payable frameworks of carriers. 

With the SIS platform, HIA's subsequent stage is to incorporate full computerization of the charging and settlement framework through the IATA Clearing House (ICH) which will help in giving settlement services for the airport. The ICH empowers the world's carriers and industry providers to settle their traveler, cargo, non-transportation billings by applying the principles of off-set and netting. The ICH additionally offers  protection in the event of a payment default and/or bankruptcy.

Vice President Strategy and Development, Sujata Suri said: “HIA’s integration to the SIS platform is a great step towards achieving full automation of the airports billing for all invoiced trade. This will considerably speed up time spent on billing and settlement as well as document management processes.Using the SIS platform is part of HIA’s strong commitment to environmental excellence and responsible business practices.”

IATA’s Senior Vice President (Financial and Distribution Services), Aleks Popovich said:  “Congratulations to Hamad International Airport for implementing IATA’s Simplified Invoicing and Settlement (SIS) Platform. Hamad joins a network of some 2,500 airlines, suppliers, airports and other transport providers that have adopted SIS for its efficiency and cost savings. 

SIS will also support Hamad International Airport in achieving its ambitious environmental program through the reduction of paper-based billing and settlement activities”.

SIS is the aviation industry’s electronic invoicing service provided by IATA. Since its inception, more than 1500 airlines and air operators have joined the SIS network. Via the SIS platform, an operator can submit a single electronic billing file that then is converted into an invoice and a settlement file which will help to avoid record duplication and improve efficiency by integrating a unified e-invoicing standard (IS-XML). The platform also enables the participant to choose from options such as automated invoice validation and offers a variety of other beneficial functions. 

HIA is strongly committed to its environmental protection strategy as well as minimising the consumption of natural resources, control emissions and manage waste carefully. Together with Qatar Airways, Qatar Aviation Services (QAS), Qatar Aviation Catering Company (QACC), Qatar Duty Free (QDF) and the Airport Hotel, HIA is focused on accomplishing lower and more productive ozone depleting substance outflows to help handle environmental change, lessen, re-utilize and reuse squander, oversee clamor and control discharges to air and water to diminish affect on the neighborhood condition wherever they work. It is additionally dedicated to supporting preservation and devour vitality, water and materials proficiently to help secure normal assets. 

Hamad International Airport (HIA) is a state-of-the-art airport with a strong focus on technology-enabled innovation, as per their respective Smart Airport vision. The provision of the SIS platform will greatly benefit the airport as well as the aviation industry.

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