dnata opens catering facility in Vancouver

Air services provider dnata commenced operations in Canada, opening a new, 48,000 square foot facility at Vancouver International airport.

The company began serving its first commercial airline customer, British Airways, at the facility on February 1. VIP and charter aircraft operators will also be served by dnata from its new facility, which has a capacity of up to 8,000 meals a day and is equipped with the latest technologies.

The multi-million dollar investment is expected to create 80 new jobs with the company over the next 18 months. This bolsters dnata’s existing presence in Canada, where it already provides ground handling and cargo services to 18 airlines through its joint venture, GTA dnata, at Toronto Pearson International.

dnata's expansion in Canada also follows its increased investment in its North American catering portfolio. The handler’s expanding catering division now boasts over 12,000 employees and serves more than 120 airline customers, producing over 110 million meals annually at 62 locations in 12 countries.

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.”

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