Dubai-based dnata, one of the world's leading air services providers, has announced the opening of a new, state-of-the art cargo complex, dnata City North, at Manchester Airport (MAN).
Representing an investment of over GBP30 million, the 150,000 sq ft facility allows the company to significantly expand and consolidate its Manchester operations.
Particularly well-situated for ease of airfield access, dnata's purpose-built on-airport facility includes warehouse space spanning 125,000 sq ft which is capable of processing in excess of 150,000 tons of cargo annually, said the statement from dnata.
It is equipped with the latest technologies and complies with the highest industry standards ensuring efficient and safe handling of all types of cargo, including pharmaceuticals, perishables, dangerous goods, aircraft engines and vehicles, it added.
Alex Doisneau, the managing director of dnata UK, said: "We are thrilled to announce the opening of another world-class cargo facility in a strategic location in the UK. Our new, purpose-built facility in Manchester complements our existing multiple UK operations including the dnata City complex at London Heathrow, enabling customers to enhance their operations in the region."
"Our continued investment and expansion in the UK underlines our commitment to our customers and the local cargo industry at a critical time, providing operational excellence at key gateways across the country," he added.
MAG Group Property Director Gareth Jackson said: "It's great to see dnata open its superb new cargo complex here at Manchester Airport. The new facility will further enhance the role we play in ensuring freight is seamlessly transported into and out of the North region markets from all parts of the world."
"Not only will the centre help the North's trade credentials, it will boost employment opportunities for communities in Greater Manchester too," he added.
The dnata City North also includes 25,000 sq ft flexible office accommodation providing an innovative mixture of workspace and meeting facilities, as well as breakout spaces.
It contains a pharma and perishables centre offering customers a safe and reliable cold chain solution for the handling of temperature sensitive goods, including the Covid-19 vaccine.
The facility was designed with flexibility and unique product handling requirements in mind, taking advantage of the latest technologies. The cold storage areas in the centre are modular, enabling teams to manage changing handling demands with dedicated climate control capability. Web-based monitoring systems are also in place to facilitate real-time management of all areas.-TradeArabia News Service