Air services provider dnata has been awarded a multi-year contract with Maersk Air Freight in Germany.

The partnership will see dnata provide quality and safe cargo handling services to the airline at Cologne-Bonn Airport (CGN). 

The dnata team will handle up to 6,000 tonnes of cargo annually for Maersk Air Freight, which currently operates weekly flights between Cologne and Greenville in the USA with a Magma Boeing 747-400F aircraft. The airline plans to increase weekly frequencies, significantly expanding cargo capacity on the route in the coming months. 

Stef van Binst, managing director, dnata Belgium and Germany, said: “We are proud that Maersk has chosen dnata as its trusted provider for safe, reliable and efficient cargo handling services. This significant contract win is a testament to our Cologne team’s hard work and unwavering commitment to service excellence. We look forward to a successful partnership with our newest customer in Germany.”

dnata entered the German cargo market through a strategic acquisition of the exclusive operator of the Cologne Bonn Cargo Centre, a 12,000m2 facility at CGN, in 2022. The Dubai-based firm has a 100-strong team at the airport, serving 20 airline customers. In the financial year 2022-23, dnata handled nearly 60,000 tonnes of cargo in Cologne. 

CGN is the third largest airport in Germany in terms of cargo operations, with significant capacity for further growth.

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