Qantas Freight joins dnata City cargo community

Heathrow’s newest cargo facility to handle all freight operations for the carrier

DUBAI, UAE and LONDON, UK – 19 February 2014 – dnata and Qantas Freight announced today a partnership that will see dnata’s UK business provide the Australian carrier freight ground handling at London’s Heathrow airport. Under the agreement, Qantas Freight will relocate its UK office and all operations to dnata City—a purpose-built cargo logistics centre at the heart of the UK’s largest airport.

The long-term partnership agreement will see dnata manage all aspects of freight handling for Qantas, which flies twice-daily A380 operations to Heathrow.

“Our team at dnata City will handle all cargo requirements for Qantas Freight. Ensuring the smooth flow of freight in and out of Heathrow,” said Mohammed Akhlaq, Business Development Director, Cargo, for dnata’s business in the UK. “We are delighted that Qantas has made the commitment to join this development and our team looks forward to providing Qantas Freight’s customers a unique cargo handling experience at Heathrow.”

dnata City’s cargo capacity at Heathrow will improve the flow of goods in and out of the region. With additional cargo points recently added at London Gatwick, Birmingham, East Midlands, Newcastle and Glasgow Airports, dnata supports the smooth transition of freight throughout the UK.

“Qantas Freight strives to be known for excellence in air freight services, and we are confident that dnata City’s world leading facility and service commitment will help us deliver on this vision,” said Mitch Wild, Head of Sales and Service, Qantas Freight.

“Our customers will enjoy access to the latest cargo handling technologies, and we also recognise the modern, purpose built facilities are designed with the latest regulations in mind. This will result in a more efficient and streamlined export lodgement and import collection process, offering faster processing for our customers.”

In total, the dnata City project comprises a 20-acre cargo complex centred around five air freight warehouses, a transportation facility and yard for airside operations enclosed in a security-fenced area. Three brand new facilities at dnata City will provide 206,000 square feet of new cargo space. The new, state-of-the-art buildings will consist of a 78,000 square foot cargo warehouse with 15,000 sq ft of office space; a 54,000 sq ft facility with 11,000 sq ft of offices and a 40,000 sq ft building with 8,000 sq ft of office space. The new facilities will also feature fully automated cargo handling systems, a dedicated AVI handling room as well as chiller rooms and valuable handling facilities. All are specially designed to handle peak freighter cargo alongside general cargo flows.

In addition to these three new facilities, the development will also encompass two existing buildings—the 140,000 square foot Cargo Point and West Point, which has a capacity of 79,000 square feet.

When complete, the enhanced complex will also encompass dnata’s existing 60,000 square foot self-contained transport yard, where it has a fleet of 85 modern trucks equipped with GPS tracking equipment providing 24/7 coverage with 4,000 truck movements currently servicing 656 flights every week.