Air services provider dnata secures operational license for Canada

The company revealed that it has invested over $5.55m (CAD $7m) to construct and fit-out a dedicated catering facility in Vancouver
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Dnata's upcoming facility will help support airlines departing Vancouver International Airport.
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Dnata's upcoming facility will help support airlines departing Vancouver International Airport.

Global caterer dnata has been awarded a license to deliver flight catering services to airlines flying out of Vancouver International Airport (YVR). Marking the company’s entry into the Canadian market, the company has also revealed that it has invested over $5.55m (CAD $7 million) to construct and fit-out a dedicated catering facility in Vancouver.

“Canada has always been an exciting opportunity for us as a caterer. To turn that opportunity into reality at Vancouver International Airport is particularly exciting, given the solid passenger growth and recognition the airport has received in recent years,” commented Robin Padgett, divisional senior vice president of dnata’s catering division.

“We are very proud of our ability to deliver globally authentic and diverse cuisine across the world, and we’re more than ready to bring that to airlines and their passengers departing Vancouver.”

The new facility will reportedly be dnata’s 64th catering location and 130th global air services location, following the recent launch of a new catering facility at Dublin Airport, Ireland. With an initial capacity to produce up to 8,000 meals a day, the company has revealed it will employ more than 150 staff once operating at that level.

To date, dnata prepares more than 320,000 meals a day for more than 190 airlines.

“I am pleased to welcome dnata to the YVR family. As a world-class hub airport, YVR has continued to grow and this has created strong demand for additional high-quality, in-flight catering,” commented Craig Richmond, president & CEO of Vancouver Airport Authority.

“We were impressed with dnata’s strong application, including their commitment to safety and sustainability, and I look forward to our future partnership.”

The 2016-2017 financial year proved to be dnata’s most profitable in its 58-year history. The company reported profits crossing the $330m mark and revenues increasing by 15% to reach $3.3bn.

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