GTA dnata to launch operations at Vancouver airport

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GTA dnata, dnata's joint venture company in Canada, has been awarded a five year ground handling licence which will see it establish operations at Vancouver International airport.

The handler will provide ramp, passenger and cargo warehousing services to airlines with a team of skilled professionals, commencing operations at YVR in the fourth quarter of this year.

A trusted partner of 17 airlines in Toronto, GTA dnata's expansion into Vancouver cements the company's position as a leading air services provider in Canada. In 2019, GTA dnata assisted 1.2m passengers and moved over 90,000 tonnes of cargo at Toronto Pearson International airport. Meanwhile, in January this year dnata further expanded its footprint in Canada, commencing flight catering operations at Vancouver International airport, investing in a multi-million dollar facility with the capacity to produce 8,000 inflight meals a day.

"We are thrilled to expand our network and launch operations in Vancouver," said Mario D'Urso, GTA dnata's chairman. "The time is right for us to make this move as our commitment to safety, quality and service excellence is now more important than ever. We thank the Vancouver Airport Authority for this opportunity and look forward to a successful start-up and much future success."

Dnata entered the Canadian aviation market in 2016, establishing GTA dnata through the acquisition of a 50% stake in GTA Aviation's handling operations at Toronto Pearson. The company now operates with a team of 700 employees.

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