Dubai's dnata makes US debut with cargo handling deal

Air services provider says it has agreed to buy AirLogistix USA; plans to open new facility in Dallas
Dubai's dnata makes US debut with cargo handling deal
By Staff writer
Wed 10 May 2017 01:53 PM

Dubai-based air services provider dnata has announced it has reached an agreement with Lynx Holdings to make its debut in the US cargo market.

The company has agreed to acquire Lynx's AirLogistix USA cargo handling operations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport Houston, without disclosing the value of the deal.

The 30,000 sq ft facility includes the only dedicated perishable cargo facility at Houston airport, dnata said in a statement, adding that the centre is suitable for all perishable products.

In 2016, over 16,000 tonnes of perishable cargo were handled from this warehouse. In addition to this, the facility also has capacity to handle up to 20,000 tonnes of regular air cargo.

As part of the transaction, AirLogistix USA and dnata have committed to open a similar facility at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport this summer. 

This second facility will be 37,000 sq ft, again including a dedicated perishables handling facility, dnata added.

"Our strategy is to offer the highest level of service in each market we operate," said Stewart Angus, dnata’s divisional senior vice president of International Airport Operations. “The AirLogistix USA operation fits the bill and will further enhance our growing international cargo network.

"This represents dnata’s first step into the US cargo market. We look forward to working with the Houston and Dallas Fort Worth Airports to support continued growth at these important airports,” he added.

dnata said it has continued to significantly expand its global cargo offering, including the opening of 18 new cargo facilities in the past five years.

With the investments in Houston and Dallas Fort Worth, dnata now handles over 2.8 million tonnes of cargo at 42 airports worldwide.

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