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.

Cargo Talk - - International -

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.



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