dnata has opened a 150,000sq ft cargo complex at Manchester Airport in the UK, representing an investment of £30 million.

    The purpose-built dnata City North includes 125,000sq ft of warehouse space and is capable of processing in excess of 150,000 tons of cargo annually.

    dnata noted that the facility had been equipped with the “latest technologies” and complies with industry standards to ensure the efficient and safe handling of all types of cargo, including pharmaceuticals, perishables, dangerous goods, aircraft engines and vehicles.

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    “Our new, purpose-built facility in Manchester complements our existing multiple UK operations including the dnata City complex at London Heathrow, enabling customers to enhance their operations in the region,” said dnata UK managing director Alex Doisneau.

    “Our continued investment and expansion in the UK underlines our commitment to our customers and the local cargo industry at a critical time, providing operational excellence at key gateways across the country.

    dnata City North also contains a pharma and perishables centre offering customers a cold chain solution for the handling of temperature sensitive goods, including the Covid-19 vaccine. The facility was designed with flexibility and unique product handling requirements in mind, dnata said.

    The cold storage areas in the centre are modular, enabling teams to manage changing handling demands with dedicated climate control capability. Web-based monitoring systems are also in place to facilitate real-time management of all areas.