Dubai-based air services provider Dnata has opened its latest flight catering facility at Dublin Airport.
Dnata president Gary Chapman opened the facility, which is the second in Ireland, following the Cork operation. Dnata, part of the Emirates Group, has 61 other catering centres across the globe.
Up to 60 new jobs are predicted for the new operation located in the Irish capital.
The latest catering facility allows Dnata to produce up to 4,000 meals per day. Globally, it prepares more than 320,000 meals per day for more than 190 airlines.
Gary Chapman commented on the opening: “Passenger traffic through Dublin Airport is up year-on-year since 2011 and it is just a matter of time before it reaches the 30 million mark. In Dublin, we have identified a really strong opportunity to provide the growing number of long-haul carriers and their customers, with great tasting, high-quality in-flight meals.”
Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison added: “Dnata’s arrival at Dublin Airport is a hugely positive addition, not only to the Dublin community but also to the Irish economy… We welcome a company that will inject some healthy competition into the market and we are looking forward to working with the team at Dnata.”
Dnata reported a 20% increase in profit of $180m in the second half of 2017. Emirates Group said it handled 330,317 aircraft (up 11%) and 1.5 million tonnes of cargo (up 25%).
Employing more than 40,000 people around the world, Dnata’s international business accounts for 66% of its revenue.