Emirates News Agency – dnata bolsters operations in Erbil with over $17m invested in state-of-the-art facilities

ERBIL, Iraq, 17th May, 2022 (WAM) — dnata, one of the world’s leading providers of air and travel services, has announced a significant expansion of its operations in Erbil, Iraq.

The company has opened a new advanced cold chain facility and a bus maintenance facility for its state-of-the-art bus fleets at Erbil International Airport (EBL), which together represent a total investment of 3 .5 million dollars.

dnata also announced that it will invest an additional $14 million and add a 16,000 m² freight warehouse to its infrastructure in Iraq. The three new facilities will create up to 100 local jobs with dnata.

dnata’s new cold chain facility can handle 10,000 tons of perishable goods per year. It enables dnata’s freight team to offer an uncompromising chilled and frozen cold chain and storage product to its customers from airlines to EBL, covering product categories such as fresh fruit, meat and pharmaceuticals. The facility was designed and built with unique flexibility and product handling requirements, taking advantage of the latest cold storage technologies.

The new bus maintenance facility was designed to service a fleet of eight passenger apron buses and more than 10 transit buses operated at EBL. In addition, he will ensure continuous improvements in the safe and productive maintenance of the airport’s bus fleet.

dnata’s new freight warehouse, which is expected to open in 2023, will further significantly improve the company’s freight offering in Iraq. It can handle 100,000 tons of cargo, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals and other cold chain products, every year. The facility will be equipped with the latest technology, including eco-friendly features such as water harvesting, energy-efficient lighting and a fleet of all-electric forklifts.

Additionally, dnata recently announced that it has successfully implemented its advanced “OneCargo” system, digitizing processes and maximizing efficiency in its cargo operations in Iraq. OneCargo automates key business and operational functions, including safety and quality monitoring, reporting and ULD management, with an integrated cloud-based platform. Additionally, OneCargo eliminates all redundancies and manual check sheets, dramatically improving operational efficiency.

dnata currently provides passenger, ground and cargo services to over 25 airlines in Erbil. In 2021, the company assisted more than 1.2 million passengers and handled 8,200 flights and 20,000 tonnes of cargo.

Tom Alwyn-Jones, Managing Director of dnata Erbil, said: “Our latest investment in three new facilities will help us further expand and improve our operations in Erbil as demand for reliable and safe cargo services increases across the region. . I thank my colleagues for their hard work and our partners for their support and confidence in our services.”

In recent years, dnata has also made strategic investments in new freight facilities in London and Manchester (UK), Karachi and Lahore (Pakistan), as well as additional freight capacity and infrastructure in Brussels (Belgium), Sydney (Australia) and Toronto (Canada). ). In addition, the company recently announced that it will invest over €200 million in its Amsterdam (Netherlands) operations and operate one of the world’s largest and most advanced cargo facilities, dnata Cargo. City Amsterdam, at Schiphol Airport.

dnata provides quality and reliable ground handling, cargo, catering and retail services at more than 120 airports in 19 countries.

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