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dnata Boosts Cargo Infrastructure Throughout UK

Company invests £8 million in cargo infrastructure at regional airports

13 May 2014, Dubai, UAE & London, UK – dnata continues to develop cargo infrastructure at its newest locations, having invested more than £8 million throughout the United Kingdom. Recognising the need for enhanced services at Glasgow, Birmingham, East Midlands, Newcastle and Gatwick airports, and moving Manchester warehouse space to larger, refurbished facilities, dnata has improved the flow of air cargo in the UK.


Beyond the physical space, dnata has modernised each facility through technology. From handheld devices for workflow management and barcoding to latest access control system technology, dnata has translated the success of its Heathrow hub – dnata City – to its newest locations.

“With an overwhelmingly positive response from our customers at dnata City, we’re confident mirroring the same level of service at other airports will benefit our clients and the industry at large,” said Gary Morgan, CEO of dnata’s UK operations.

Over the past four years, dnata has built its reputation as a leader in the UK air cargo industry. With the expansion of warehouse facilities at each location, dnata is now able to handle more than 250,000 tonnes of cargo across the country. The company has hired 120 full-time employees to ensure imports and exports transition smoothly from airport to airport. To support the network, dnata has established a new regional logistics centre, operating road feeder services linking the airports.

“Expanded warehouse facilities at Glasgow, Birmingham, East Midlands, Newcastle and Gatwick and new facilities at Manchester translates into job creation, increased capacity and more goods coming in and out of the country—a good thing for the industry and the economy,” added Morgan.

dnata's recent growth takes its total cargo locations across the UK to seven.

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About dnata
dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers, offering ground and cargo handling, travel, technology solutions and in-flight catering. Established in 1959, dnata now employs 23,000 staff in 38 countries across five continents and has ground handling businesses in 19 of the world’s busiest airports in countries which include the UAE, Pakistan, Singapore, Australia, the Philippines, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and Iraq.

dnata entered the ground handling market in the United Kingdom in 2010, acquiring two of the UK’s leading airport operations - Plane Handling, providing ramp and cargo handling services at Heathrow Airport as well as cargo handling services at Manchester Airport. dnata also acquired Aviance’s passenger and ramp handling operations at Heathrow Terminals 3 and 4. Both businesses were re-branded as dnata as part of a global brand re-fresh in 2011. Today, dnata is one of the largest handlers at London Heathrow with 19,000 aircraft turnarounds and over 320,000 tons of cargo handled each year. For more information visit

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