The handler has further expanded its global footprint, opening a new €8m cargo centre at Brussels airport.

At 14,000 square metres and capable of processing 125,000 tons of cargo annually, the new facility substantially increases cargo capacity in the Benelux states. The state-of-the-art centre includes a 4,500 square metre warehouse space, is equipped with the latest technologies and complies with the highest industry standards for the handling of perishables, pharmaceuticals, dangerous goods, live animals, aircraft engines and vehicles.

The development also sees the creation of around 100 local jobs with the handler.

Already providing cargo and ground handling services to 25 cargo and eight passenger airlines at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol, dnata intends to leverage synergies between these two airports, to bring maximum possible value to its customers at both airports.

Erik de Goeij, Chief Executive Officer, dnata The Netherlands and Belgium, said: “We are thrilled to establish operations at another important cargo hub. Our best-in-class facility at Brussels Airport significantly increases our cargo handling capacity in the region, which we expect to stimulate the local cargo industry.”

CEO of Brussels Airport Company, Arnaud Feist, also commented: “dnata has already positioned itself as a key cargo player at our airport with a dedicated infrastructure for pharmaceuticals and an active participation in our cargo community Air Cargo Belgium, consistent with Brussels Airport’s strategy to provide specialised infrastructure for vital sectors in our country, and to work towards mutual goals through collaboration. And so, it is with positive expectations I look forward to this new partnership.”

dnata’s first customer in Brussels is Singapore Airlines, which operates eight weekly 747-400 F flights, with an annual capacity of 45,000 tons of cargo between Brussels and Singapore.