dnata inaugurates mega new freight complex at Manchester Airport

Ground handling, cargo and catering services specialist, dnata has opened ‘dnata City North’, a new state-of-the art cargo complex at Manchester Airport (MAN). Representing an investment of over GBP 30 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 125,000 sq ft warehouse space and is capable of processing in excess of 150,000 tonnes of cargo annually.

dnata City North 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 including for dangerous goods, aircraft engines and vehicles, while 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. It also includes 25,000 sq ft flexible office accommodation providing an innovative mixture of workspace and meeting facilities, as well as breakout spaces.

Alex Doisneau, 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.” He added, “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.”

Gareth Jackson, MAG Group Property Director 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. We look forward to working closely with dnata as it continues to grow from Manchester Airport.”

In recent years, dnata has significantly invested in advanced infrastructure, equipment and cutting-edge technologies, cementing its position as a leading air cargo services provider in the UK. The company’s recent investments include the opening of dnata City East, a new bespoke export facility at London Heathrow (LHR) that significantly increased the cargo capacity at the UK’s busiest airport. Operating 14 facilities at six airports, dnata is now able to handle more than 850,000 tonnes of cargo annually across the country.

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