Handler dnata expands cargo operations at Manchester Airport

By Damian Brett

Cargo handler dnata has opened a new £30m cargo complex at Manchester Airport in the UK to expand and consolidate operations at the facility.

The new dnata City North on-airport complex measures 150,000 sq ft and will have an annual capacity of 150,000 tonnes.

“It is equipped with the latest technologies and complies with the highest industry standards ensuring efficient and safe handling of all types of cargo, including pharmaceuticals, perishables, dangerous goods, aircraft engines and vehicles,” dnata said.

Alex Doisneau, managing director of dnata UK, said: “We are thrilled to announce the opening of another world-class cargo facility in a strategic location in the UK. Our new, purpose-built facility in Manchester complements our existing multiple UK operations including the dnata City complex at London Heathrow, enabling customers to enhance their operations in the region.

“Our continued investment and expansion in the UK underlines our commitment to our customers and the local cargo industry at a critical time, providing operational excellence at key gateways across the country.”

The complex also includes a pharma and perishables centre. The cold storage areas are modular “enabling teams to manage changing handling demands”. It also offers an online monitoring system for real-time management of all areas.

In recent years, dnata has invested in expansion in the UK. The company’s recent investments include the opening of dnata City East at London Heathrow (LHR).

In total it now operates 14 facilities at six airports and can handle more than 850,000 tons of cargo annually across the country.

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