dnata hits 1 million tonne milestone at DWC

In just 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.


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Dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, reached a key milestone in its operation at Dubai World Central (DWC), handling over one million tonnes of air freight since its first full year of operation in 2011. In just 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 far exceeded the original growth forecast of 20 per cent.

While expected to be the largest airport in the world once completed, dnata said it has already had the privilege of handling a range of unique and unusual cargo at Dubai World Central.

This includes the world’s largest ever piece of cargo, a 95 tonne gas turbine bound for a government project in Northern Nigeria; a variety of prototype, racing, classic and luxury cars, an original Batmobile brought in for an auto show; as well as relief shipments from the regional World Health Organisation destined for Pakistan, Yemen and Iraq. The airport has also accommodated the largest aircraft in the world, the Antonov AN225, with ground support from the dnata team.

Bernd Struck, dnata’s senior VP, UAE Cargo, said: “This is a hugely significant milestone for all of us at Dubai World Central. The growth we have experienced over the last five years is thanks to not only dnata, but the combined hard work and commitment of Dubai Airports and all of the stakeholders involved in creating a world-class logistics platform with unparalleled connectivity, speed and efficiency. Dubai World Central features industry leading facilities and offers a host of attractive benefits to its customers, which includes many of the world’s largest airfreight operators.”