Air services provider dnata has announced the launch of operations in Belgium with the opening of a cargo centre at Brussel Airport. The culmination of a $9m investment, the new 14,000 m² facility is expected to create 100 local jobs.
Boasting roughly 4,500 m² of warehouse space and capable of processing 125,000 tons of cargo annually, dnata’s Brussels Airport facility is equipped to handle a wide array of specialised cargo.
This includes everything from pharmaceuticals and live animals, to vehicles, aircraft engines, and dangerous goods.
Commenting on the facility launch, Erik de Goeij, CEO, dnata 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.”
“dnata is renowned for its customer-oriented approach, reliability and uncompromised focus on safety at all airports it operates across the globe. We all share a passion for excellence and will work hard to provide the best possible services to our Brussels customers, every day.”
The first carrier to be served by dnata at its new facility is Singapore Airlines, which conducts eight weekly flights between Brussels and Singapore. Operating on 747-400 F aircraft, the carrier carriers 45,000 tons of cargo on the route annually.
Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company, added: “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 dedicated infrastructure for pharmaceuticals and 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.”
With the addition of Brussels Airport, dnata’s customer portfolio has increased to 88 airports in 14 countries. The company today manages over 1,900 flights and more than 9,000 tons of cargo daily.