dnata has commenced operations at its new catering unit in Dublin.
The facility quadruples dnata’s catering capacity in Ireland’s capital, enabling the company to deliver 40,000 inflight meals a day for customers.
Already serving six airlines from its existing Dublin facility, dnata’s further expansion underlines its long-term commitment to the country and the local aviation industry.
Covering an area of 6,300m², the new facility is located in the Dublin Airport Logistics Park, near its existing operation and is equipped with the latest technologies. It has a capacity to produce over 30,000 meals a day.
dnata’s expansion comes as a result of an agreement with Aer Lingus, which sees it now provide inflight catering services to the airline at four airports in Dublin, Shannon, Cork and Belfast.
Robin Padgett, dnata’s divisional senior vice president for catering, said: “It is great to be operational at our new, ultramodern catering centre, the 65th production facility in our global network. Despite the impact of COVID-19, our team and our partners have managed to deliver a quality operation on budget, as planned.
“We look forward to serving more customers in Dublin, both in the air and on the ground, with a team of highly-experienced culinary professionals.”
dnata’s multi-million-euro investment in Ireland in 2020 has spanned construction, facility fit-out, vehicles and staff training.
In addition to its newest unit in Dublin, the company will shortly complete the fit-out of a new facility in Shannon and further enhance its operations in Cork.