By Sam Bridge
Air services provider Dnata has commenced operations in Canada by opening a new facility at Vancouver International Airport
Dubai-based air services provider Dnata has commenced operations in Canada by opening a new facility at Vancouver International Airport.
Dnata's latest expansion represents a multi-million dollar investment and is expected to create 80 new, direct jobs with the company over the next 18 months.
The facility is equipped with the latest technologies and has a capacity of up to 8,000 meals a day, the company said in a statement.
The company has commenced serving its first commercial airline customer, British Airways, in Vancouver while it will also serve VIP and charter aircraft operators from its new facility.
Dnata has a presence in the Canadian aviation market already, providing ground handling and cargo services to 18 airlines through its joint venture, GTA dnata, at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
Robin Padgett, divisional senior vice president, dnata, said: "We are delighted to announce this further expansion of our operations in North America, a strategic market with high growth potential for dnata.
"Our investment in a new facility in Vancouver underscores our long-term commitment to Canada, and we are confident that with our global expertise, innovative approach and dedicated team of local culinary professionals we can make a difference and add significant value to our customers' onboard offering in the country."
Dnata's expansion into Canada follows its increased investment in its catering portfolio in North America, having opened new facilities at the airports of Houston, Boston, Los Angeles and San Francisco in the United States in 2019.
In 2020 Dnata said it will further expand its footprint in the continent by establishing catering operations at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.
Dnata added that it serves more than 120 airline customers, producing over 110 million meals annually at 62 locations in 12 countries.For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.