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will supply a new IT system for the Prague airport in a three-and-a-half year deal, the company announced Tuesday.

Big Blue will install the new system in the next 16 months, and then maintain it and manage it for the remainder of the contract.

The operation is designed to improve customer service and reduce costs at the rapidly growing airport. The airport, Letiste Praha, expects its passengers to double in the next 12 years to more than 20 million a year.

"We selected IBM because their solution reflects the needs of Prague Airport -- an IT system providing quality management of corporate processes for an international airport of our size," the general manager of Prague Airport, Hana Cernochová, said in a statement. "Now we have an implementation provider with in-depth experience from similar projects at other major international airports around the globe."

The new system includes finance, logistics and human resource management, as well as customer relations, an employee portal, maintenance and property management. The airport's 1,950 employees will have access to the portal.

IBM shares tacked on 45 cents to $82.45 in recent trading.