dnata has broken ground on its future 20,000-sqm cargo warehouse in the Middle East, which will significantly expand its operations at Iraq’s Erbil International Airport (EBL).
The cargo warehouse is scheduled for completion in September 2024, during which time it will be capable of processing 100,000 tonnes of cargo annually, including perishables, pharmaceuticals and dangerous goods.
dnata will also implement its advanced ‘OneCargo’ system within the facility, digitising processes and maximising efficiencies across its cargo operations in Iraq.
The new facility, which represents an investment of US$14 million, will be equipped with the latest technologies, including thermal insulation to reduce the building’s environmental impact by maintaining low CO2 manufacturing emissions and operating costs. Environmentally sustainable features meanwhile include a water harvesting system, which recycles condensed water, low energy skylighting, and an all-electric forklift fleet.
dnata’s latest expansion follows the opening of a new, advanced cool chain facility and a bus maintenance facility in 2022 at EBL. The company currently provides ground handling and cargo services to over 25 airlines with a team of over 400 aviation professionals.