Dubai-based airport services provider Dnata plans to open four more catering facilities in the US in 2019
Dubai’s Dnata has expanded its US catering operations with a new facility at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston.
The new 4,700 sq m facility, which has with a capacity of more than 10,000 meals a day, will create more than 150 new jobs over the next 18 months.
The launch customer will be British Airways, which operates two daily flights from Houston.
“Our expansion into Houston once again underlines our commitment to the United States, where we see excellent business opportunities for Dnata,” said Robin Padgett, divisional senior vice president for Dnata’s catering division.
Last year saw Dnata strengthen its position in the US market with the acquisition of New York-headquartered inflight and VIP caterer 121 Inflight Catering.
In addition to Houston, Dnata operates catering facilities at three US airports, in New York (JFK), Nashville (BNA) and Orlando (SFB), serving commercial, VIP and private aviation companies, fixed base operators and charter aircraft operators.
Dnata plans to expand further this year with four additional catering facilities at the airports of Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO), bringing the total number of airports to eight, and the number of employees to 700.
Globally, Dnata has grown its global catering network in recent years, with the acquisition of Qantas Airways’ catering division and opened new catering facilities in Canberra and Melbourne in Australia, and Dublin in Ireland.
Dnata said it also open a catering operation in Vancouver, Canada this year.
Its current catering operations are based in 63 locations in 11 countries, producing over 320,000 world-class meals every day.