dnata doubles down in Canada

The aviation service provider's Canadian JV has expanded operations at Toronto Pearson International Airport
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Air Transat is a seasonal airline that operates roughly 140 weekly flights from Toronto during the peak holiday period.
Air Transat is a seasonal airline that operates roughly 140 weekly flights from Toronto during the peak holiday period.

GTA dnata, dnata’s joint-venture company in Canada, has entered into a new long-term partnership with Air Transat that will see the expansion of operations at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

As of the beginning of November, GTA dnata will deliver ground and passenger services to Air Transat, a development that will double the number of flights handled by the aviation service company.

To meet the demands of the new agreement, GTA dnata has reportedly hired more than 200 additional staff to its now 450-strong workforce.

Air Transat is a seasonal airline that operates roughly 140 weekly flights from Toronto during the peak holiday period.

Commenting on the development, Mario D’Urso, chairman of GTA dnata, said: “We are proud to have been selected the ground handling partner of Air Transat at Toronto Pearson International Airport.

“This long-term contract is a vote of confidence in our quality services and we look forward to supporting the extensive operations of Canada’s largest leisure carrier. It is our aim to exceed our customers’ expectations, and we will continue to work hard to deliver excellent service to all our airline partners in Toronto with our expanded team.”

Back in 2016, dnata entered into the Canadian market with the establishment of GTA dnata, which was formed through a 50% stake acquisition in GTA Aviation’s cargo and ground handling operations. Today, GTA dnata serves 12 airlines in Toronto and processes over two tons of cargo on a daily basis.

Dnata previously unveiled plans to begin flight catering operations in Canada with the upcoming launch of a catering facility in Vancouver at the start of 2019. With an initial investment of CAD $7m, the facility will reportedly produce up to 8,000 inflight meals a day.

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