dnata continues to invest in the US market; launches LAX operations
Nov 20, 2018: Ground handling firm dnata continues to expand in the United States as it launches operations at Los Angeles International Airport.
To establish operations in Los Angeles, dnata has invested $8 million in infrastructure and resources, creating more than 350 local jobs. Serving six airlines, including Austrian Airlines, Iberia, Japan Airlines, Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines and Qantas, dnata will initially handle 4,600 flights a year.
David Barker, CEO of dnata USA, said: “Adding Los Angeles International Airport to our growing network underlines our strong commitment to the US market, where we have significantly expanded our operations through massive investments in our facilities and resources in the past two years. We see an opportunity to create a step change in service excellence for our customer airlines at this important gateway.”
Joerg Mnich, vice president Commercial Airport Infrastructure, Lufthansa Group said: “As a premium airline the Lufthansa Group Airline is excited to grow the North American relationship with dnata into another major hub like Los Angeles. With our very positive service experience from destinations like Boston, New York-JFK, San Diego and Tampa we are looking forward to providing first class service to our customers with our handling partner at Los Angeles International Airport.”
The company now provides quality and reliable ground handling and cargo services at 20 airports in the country.
dnata commenced ground handling and cargo operations in the United States by the acquisition of industry players in 2016. Since then, the company has invested more than $35 million in facilities, equipment, training and technology, while constantly expanding its operations in the country.
In 2018 dnata has opened a cool-chain perishable cargo facility at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, established operations at Nashville International Airport, diversified its service portfolio by launching passenger handling services at New York JFK Airport, and most recently commenced services at Concourse G at San Francisco International Airport.
Having won over 45 new contracts in the past 12 months, dnata now serves over 60 airlines in the United States. Including Los Angeles International Airport, dnata’s global ground handling and cargo network now consists of 87 airports in 13 countries.