Dnata’s cargo volumes rise 700 per cent

GROUND-handling specialist Dnata reveals its air cargo volumes rose 700 per cent during the last financial year at its newest terminal, based at Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport (UAE).
The company says its team at FreightGate-8 – which opened in June 2010 – handled 127,665 metric tonnes of air cargo while the total number of active cargo flights came to 2,832 – a 600 per cent growth compared with the 2010-2011 period.
The terminal recently dealt with a 95-tonne purpose-built gas turbine bound for Nigeria, the heaviest single piece of cargo ever handled by any of the Dnata FreightGate cargo terminals, the company states.
“It has been a year of records being set and then just as quickly being exceeded,” says Stuart Hayman, vice-president of Dnata’s cargo operations.
“We measure our volumes for each shift (which covers a 12-hour-period) and we often handle volumes in excess of 1,000 in these 12-hour shifts.”
 The firm is now updating its fleet in response to the hike in cargo volumes.
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