dnata bolsters operations in Erbil with over US$17 million invested in state-of-the-art facilities

dnata, one of the world’s leading providers of air and travel services, has announced a significant expansion of its operations in Erbil, Iraq. The company has opened a new advanced cold chain facility and a bus maintenance facility for its state-of-the-art bus fleets at Erbil International Airport (EBL), which together represent a total investment of 3 .5 million US dollars. dnata also announced that it will invest an additional $14 million and add a 16,000 m² freight warehouse to its infrastructure in Iraq. The three new facilities will create up to 100 local jobs with dnata.

dnata’s new cold chain facility is capable of handling 10,000 tonnes of perishable goods per year. It enables dnata’s freight team to offer an uncompromising chilled and frozen cold chain and storage product to its customers from airlines to EBL, covering product categories such as fresh fruit, meat and pharmaceuticals. The facility was designed and built with flexibility and unique product handling requirements in mind, taking advantage of the latest cold storage technologies.

The new bus maintenance facility was designed to service the fleet of eight passenger apron buses and more than 10 transit buses operated at EBL. It will ensure continuous improvements in the safe and productive maintenance of the airport’s bus fleet, supporting smooth transport operations across the airport for passengers, crew and staff.

dnata’s new freight warehouse, which is expected to open in 2023, will further significantly improve the company’s freight offering in Iraq. It will be able to handle 100,000 tonnes of cargo, with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals and other cold chain products, each year. The facility will be equipped with the latest technology, including eco-friendly features such as water harvesting, energy-efficient lighting and a fleet of all-electric forklifts.

Additionally, dnata recently announced that it has successfully implemented its advanced “OneCargo” system, digitizing processes and maximizing the efficiency of its cargo operations in Iraq. OneCargo automates key business and operational functions, including safety and quality monitoring, reporting and ULD management, with an integrated cloud-based platform.

AI-powered tools and analytics provide better visibility into sales and business performance, allowing customers to match real-time demand with available capacity for maximum profitability. Additionally, OneCargo eliminates all redundancies and manual check sheets, dramatically improving operational efficiency.

For more information: dnata.com

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