dnata has announced a significant expansion of its operations in Erbil, Iraq. It has opened a new advanced cold chain facility and a bus maintenance facility for its state-of-the-art bus fleets at Erbil Airport, which together represent a total investment of $3.5 million.
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 is capable of handling 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 flexibility and unique product handling requirements in mind, taking advantage of the latest cold storage technologies.
The new bus maintenance facility was designed to service the fleet of eight passenger apron buses and more than 10 transit buses operated at EBL. It will ensure continuous improvements in the safe and productive maintenance of the airport’s bus fleet, supporting smooth transport operations across the airport for passengers, crew and staff.
dnata’s new cargo warehouse, which is expected to open in 2023, will further significantly improve the company’s cargo offering in Iraq.
It will be able to handle 100,000 tonnes of cargo, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals and other cold chain products, each 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 the efficiency of 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.
AI-powered tools and analytics provide better visibility into sales and business performance, allowing customers to match real-time demand with available capacity for maximum profitability. 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 tons of cargo in Iraq.
Tom Alwyn-Jones, Managing Director of dnata Erbil, said: “Our latest investment in three new facilities will help us further develop and improve our operations in Erbil, as demand for reliable and safe cargo services is increasing in the region. region. I thank my colleagues for their hard work and our partners for their support and confidence in our services. We continue to go the extra mile to consistently deliver top quality and be the best at everything we do.
Over the past few 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.
As one of the world’s leading airline service providers, dnata provides quality and reliable ground handling, cargo, catering and retail services at more than 120 airports in 19 countries.