Air services provider dnata and Qatar Airways Cargo have extended their partnership in Belgium.

The multi-year extension of the contract will see dnata continue to deliver cargo handling and road feeder services for the airline from its state-of-the-art facility at Brussels Airport (BRU). 

Qatar Airways Cargo currently operates a mix of 15 freighter and passenger flights each week to and from the Belgian capital. In 2021, dnata handled 25% more cargo for the airline at BRU than in the previous year.   

Stef Vanbinst, managing director of dnata Belgium, said: "We are proud to have earned the trust and loyalty of Qatar Airways Cargo with our reliable and safe services. We continue to invest in our operations to consistently provide world-class quality to the airline and its customers."

dnata entered the Belgian cargo market in 2019, substantially increasing cargo capacity in the Benelux states. Since then, it has more than doubled the size of its advanced cargo centre to 7,000m². dnata also operates the Animal Care & Inspection Centre, a 2,000m² facility for the handling of live animals at BRU.  

In addition to expanding its operations, dnata has invested in equipment and technologies, including an Elevating Transfer Vehicle (ETV) system.  In 2021 the company handled 80,000 tonnes of cargo with a team of 120 highly trained employees in Brussels.