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dnata ups investment in Italy, increases its interest in Airport Handling SPA to 70%


DUBAI, U.A.E., 2 July 2018: dnata, one of the world’s largest air services providers, has exercised its option to acquire an additional 40% share in Airport Handling SPA. The transaction will increase dnata’s total interest in the Milan-based ground handler to 70%. With majority representation on the board, dnata has already been managing the day-to-day operations of the company since its original investment in 2016.

Airport Handling, which was founded in 2014, provides a variety of passenger, ramp and baggage services to over 60 airlines at Milan’s two airports, Malpensa (MXP) and Linate (LIN). dnata's further investment in Airport Handling underlines its commitment to the Italian market, where it also operates catering facilities at 22 airports. 

Stewart Angus, Divisional Senior Vice President for dnata International Airport Operations & Associated Companies, said: “Following more than two years of successful cooperation and the consistent delivery of excellent service standards to our customers, we are delighted to announce further investment in Airport Handling. We are confident that dnata and our stakeholders will benefit from this strategic acquisition, which underscores our broader vision and commitment to the Italian market. We will work hard to continue offering outstanding quality service to our customers, while seeking further growth opportunities in the country.”

Although dnata’s share increases to 70% the current leadership team will continue to manage the business and operations as before.

Over the past seven years, dnata has steadily expanded its international airport operations with a series of partnerships and acquisitions. dnata now provides over 300 airline customers with quality and reliable ground handling, cargo and catering services at 130 airports across six continents.


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Gabor Vasarhelyi Public Relations Manager, dnata
Gabor Vasarhelyi Public Relations Manager, dnata
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dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers. Established in 1959, the company ensures the aviation industry operates smoothly and efficiently in 127 airports. Offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services in 63 countries across six continents, dnata is a trusted partner for over 300 airline customers around the world. Each day, the company handles over 1,900 flights, moves over 8,500 tons of cargo, books over 16,000 hotel stays, and uplifts over 320,000 meals.

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