Air services provider dnata has announced the planned acquisition of Wisskirchen Handling Services, based at Cologne/Bonn Airport (CGN), subject to government approval.

Wisskirchen operates a team of 180 employees at the Cologne/Bonn Cargo Centre, a 12,000sq m facility at Germany’s third-largest airport. It handles more than 85,000 tonnes of cargo annually, including perishables, pharmaceuticals, dangerous material, electronics and consumer goods. In 2021, cargo handled at CGN increased by 14% year-on-year, marking a new annual record for the airport.

dnata currently provides ground handling, cargo, catering and retail services at over 120 airports in 19 countries. It recently opened state-of-the-art cargo facilities in Manchester (UK), Karachi and Lahore (Pakistan) and additional cargo capacity and infrastructure in Brussels (Belgium), Sydney (Australia) and Toronto (Canada). It is also investing more than €200m in its operations in The Netherlands and will open the second phase of its City East project at London Heathrow later this year.