Dnata expands into Belgium with Brussels Airport cargo hub
28 / 03 / 2019
L-R: Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company, and Erik de Goeij, CEO, dnata The Netherlands and Belgium
Dnata has launched operations in Belgium by opening a cargo centre at Brussels Airport that represents an investment of €8m and creates up to 100 local jobs with the company.
The Dubai-based global cargo handler’s first customer in Brussels is Singapore Airlines, which operates eight weekly flights with an annual capacity of 45,000 tons of cargo between Brussels and Singapore, using Boeing 747-400Fs.
Dnata said that the Brussels facility, which covers an area of 14,000 sq m, “substantially increases the cargo capacity in the Benelux states”.
The facility includes 4,500 sq m of warehousing space and is capable of processing 125,000 tons of cargo annually and is able to handle of all types of cargo, including perishables, pharma, dangerous goods, live animals, aircraft engines and vehicles.
Dnata already provides cargo and ground handling services to 25 cargo and 8 passenger airlines at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.
The company said that it will ensure a close cooperation between its Amsterdam and Brussels teams to “leverage synergies” at both airports.
Erik de Goeij, dnata chief executive for the Netherlands and Belgium, said: “We are thrilled to establish operations at another important cargo hub. Our best-in-class facility at Brussels Airport significantly increases our cargo handling capacity in the region, which we expect to stimulate the local cargo industry.
“We see solid demand for our quality services and are confident that this strategic expansion will bring significant benefits to our stakeholders.”
Arnaud Feist, chief executive of Brussels Airport Co, said: “We are most pleased to welcome dnata at Brussels Airport as our third cargo handler.
“Dnata has already positioned itself as a key cargo player at our airport with a dedicated infrastructure for pharmaceuticals and an active participation in our cargo community Air Cargo Belgium, consistent with Brussels Airport’s strategy to provide specialised infrastructure for vital sectors in our country, and to work towards mutual goals through collaboration.
“And so, it is with positive expectations I look forward to this new partnership.”