dnata’s UK business will provide Qantas Freight with cargo ground handling at London’s Heathrow airport. Qantas Freight will relocate its UK office and all operations to dnata City, a purpose-built cargo logistics center at Heathrow.
The long-term partnership agreement, which was announced Wednesday, 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.”
In total, the dnata City project comprises a 20-acre cargo complex centered around five airfreight warehouses, a transportation facility and a yard for airside operations enclosed in a security-fenced area.
“Qantas Freight strives to be known for excellence in airfreight 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.
Three brand new facilities at dnata City will provide 206,000 square feet (19,138 square meters) of new cargo space. In addition to these, the development will also encompass two existing buildings: Cargo Point and West Point.
When complete, the complex will also encompass dnata’s existing self-contained transport yard, where it has a fleet of 85 trucks.