- dnata starts operating at Los Angeles International Airport, the 20th US airport in its network
- The expansion represents an investment of $8 million and creates 350 new jobs with the company
- Since its entry into the market in 2016, dnata has invested a total of $35 million in its US operations and hired 1,000 additional employees to its local team
Los Angeles - dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, continues to expand in the United States. The company has launched operations at Los Angeles International Airport and now provides quality and reliable ground handling and cargo services at 20 airports in the country.
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, Chief Executive Officer of dnata USA, said: “We are thrilled to be launching operations at one of the world’s leading international airports. 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.”
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.
Offering highly competitive benefit packages in the market, in the past two years dnata has hired 1,000 additional employees growing its team to over 3,750 customer-oriented aviation professionals.
Today’s announcement marks another dnata milestone at the end of an outstanding year. 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.
The excellent quality of dnata’s services is underpinned by the constant growth of its customer base. 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.