- Dnata to open catering facility at Dublin Airport
- Will employ 60 people.
- 320,000 meals every day for 190 airlines.
- part of the Emirates Group,
Global air services provider Dnata, which is part of the Emirates Group, has opened its newest flight catering facility at Dublin Airport. The Dublin facility comes in addition to its Cork centre and 61 other catering locations worldwide.
The new facility will provide high-quality catering to airlines, focusing on premium, long-haul carriers for which the company can supply up to 4,000 meals at current capacity, each day. At full capacity, Dnata expects to create 60 new jobs including chefs, operations managers, logistics managers, drivers, stores and health and safety staff.
A spokesperson told Travel Extra that it will be actively tendering for business among quality long-haul airlines operating out of Ireland. The new catering facility comprises industrial-sized kitchen, food preparation and assembly areas, together with storage.
Dnata prepares more than 320,000 meals every day for more than 190 airlines, and has been awarded Best Caterer by some of the world’s leading airlines.
Gary Chapman, President, Dnata, said: “Passenger traffic through Dublin Airport is up year-on-year since 2011 and it is just a matter of time before it reaches the 30m mark. We have identified a really strong opportunity to provide the growing number of long-haul carriers, and their customers, with great-tasting, high quality in-flight meals. We see this as a real vote of confidence in the Irish market, which we will support further by sourcing from local food producers and suppliers.
“We work with chefs and teams from around the world with diverse expertise. This means we understand the culinary needs of our customers’ equally diverse range of passengers, and can cater to a raft of palates and dietary requirements including Halal, Indian, Chinese and of course, Irish.”
Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said that “Dnata’s arrival at Dublin Airport is a hugely positive addition, not only to the Dublin community but also to the Irish economy. Dublin Airport is a major economic hub supporting or facilitating almost 120,000 jobs. Airport service providers of Dnata’s calibre really help to support our wider airport operation and in turn, our airline customers. We welcome a company that will inject some healthy competition into the market.”
The most recent full financial year, 2016-2017, was Dnata’s most profitable in its 58-year history. Profits crossed the $330 million mark for the first time, with revenue up 15pc to $3.3bn. Employing more than 40,000 people, its business outside of Dubai accounts for 66pc of its revenue.
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