Challenging year for dnata but it sees steady growth

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dnata operating at Dubai International Airport

2016 was year of steady growth for dnata and it says its United Arab Emirates operations continued to grow, and marked several milestones during the course of the year.

The cargo handler says despite challenges in the aviation industry and increased economic pressures around the globe, it “remained resilient and delivered the high quality service its customers have come to expect”.

dnata airport operations divisional senior vice president, Steve Allen says: “It’s been a challenging year but our team has demonstrated unwavering commitment to delivering the highest standards to our customers.

“We have worked hard to stay agile, efficient and innovative, while never compromising our safety and operational excellence. 2017 will require us to be even more tactile and responsive to the needs of the market, and stay on top of our game to ensure a robust year ahead.”

The company says 2016 saw unprecedented growth in aircraft handling and passenger movement and it handled 431,978 aircraft movements between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC).

dnata closed the year by handling 419,133 tonnes of cargo at DXB, an eight per cent increase from the previous year.

At DWC where the airport has developed into a regional cargo hub with a capacity to grow to 16 million tonnes per year, dnata says it now handles more than 117,000 tonnes of cargo and notes this number will continue to grow.

In addition to Dubai, dnata has ground handling operations in 74 other airports around the world, serving more than 250 airlines, and is the world’s largest ground handler of the Airbus A380 aircraft.