Dnata: 90% increase in 5 yrs
Dnata exceeds one million tonnes of air freight handled at Dubai World Central (DWC) since its first full year of operation in 2011.
In only five years dnata has seen a staggering 90 per cent increase in freight volume, recording 170,260 tonnes in 2015, up from 89,729 tonnes in 2011. The performance has exceeded the original growth forecast of 20 per cent. In the Indian market, a total of 1,076 tonnes of cargo was imported in FY 15-16 and a total of 964 tonnes of cargo was exported in FY 15-16 to DWC.
Bernd Struck, Senior Vice President - UAE Cargo, dnata, said, “This is a hugely significant milestone for all of us at Dubai World Central. DWC is the gateway offering competitive pricing as well as flexibility and the necessary infrastructure to accommodate all customers’ requirements.
“Throughout it all dnata has played a vital role in ensuring our mutual airline customers receive great service. Dubai Airports remains committed to investing in the provision of top notch infrastructure that facilitates traffic growth,” said Majed Al Joker, Senior Vice President of Operations – DWC, Dubai Airports.
Cathay Pacific and Lufthansa Cargo have entered into a joint agreement which they say would bring numerous benefits to customers between Hong Kong and Europe. More direct connections, greater flexibility and time savings combined with service enhancements are just some of the benefits customers will enjoy in the future because of the cooperation between the cargo division of Cathay Pacific Airways, the Asian air cargo carrier and Lufthansa Cargo, Europe’s air cargo carrier.
Simon Large, Director Cargo, Cathay Pacific, and Peter Gerber, CEO & Chairman–Executive Board, Lufthansa Cargo signed an agreement for a highly integrated bilateral cooperation in Frankfurt. With respect to the cooperation routes between Hong Kong and Europe, both airlines will in the future work closely together on network planning, as well as sales, IT and ground-handling. This will bring Hong Kong, the world’s busiest air cargo hub, closer to Europe, strengthening one of the world’s great trade lanes.
“Our joint network will cover more than 140 direct flights per week between Hong Kong and 13 European destinations”, says Large. Both partners plan to transport the first shipments under the framework of the cooperation from early next year, initially from Hong Kong to Europe. The ability to also book eastbound shipments from Europe to Hong Kong will then follow in the course of the year.