Dubai's dnata invests over $17m to boost Erbil operations
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Dubai’s dnata invests over $17m to boost Erbil operations

Dubai’s dnata invests over $17m to boost Erbil operations

Dnata currently provides passenger, ground and cargo services to over 25 airlines in Erbil

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Dubai-based air and travel services provider dnata has opened a new cool chain facility and a bus maintenance facility for its bussing fleets at Iraq’s Erbil International Airport (EBL), representing a combined investment of $3.5m.

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

Hence, it would invest a total combined investment of over $17m in a bid to expand its operations in Erbil. dnata’s cool chain facility is capable of processing 10,000 tons of perishables annually, enabling its cargo team to offer an chilled and frozen storage and cool chain product to its airline customers at EBL, catering to product categories including fresh fruit, meat and pharmaceuticals, Dubai Media Office reported.

The new bus maintenance facility was designed to maintain the fleet of eight passenger apron buses and over 10 transportation buses operated at EBL. Meanwhile, dnata’s new cargo warehouse, which is expected to open in 2023, will be capable of processing 100,000 tonnes of cargo, with a special focus on pharma and other cool chain commodities, annually.

The facility will be equipped with technologies including environmentally sustainable features such as water harvesting, low energy lighting and an all-electric forklift fleet, the statement said.

dnata has recently announced that it implemented its advanced ‘OneCargo’ system, digitising processes and maximising efficiencies across 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.

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

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 is on the rise across the region.”

dnata, which provides ground handling, cargo, catering and retail services at over 120 airports across 19 countries, has made strategic investments in new cargo facilities in London and Manchester (UK), Karachi and Lahore (Pakistan), and additional cargo capacity and infrastructure in Brussels (Belgium), Sydney (Australia) and Toronto (Canada).

Read: Dubai’s dnata inaugurates new cargo centre at London Heathrow airport

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dnata also said that it has invested over EUR200m in a fully automated cargo centre at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol (AMS).

Read: UAE’s dnata invests over EUR200m to operate cargo facility at Schiphol airport

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