dnata has broken ground on its 20,000 square metre cargo warehouse at Erbil International Airport, which is scheduled to be completed in September 2024.

The air services provider is investing $14 million in the warehouse, which will be capable of processing 100,000 tonnes of cargo annually, including perishables, pharmaceuticals and dangerous goods.

It will be equipped with the latest technologies including thermal insulation to reduce the building’s environmental impact by maintaining low CO2 manufacturing emissions and operating costs.

Additional sustainability features include a water harvesting system, which recycles condensed water, low energy skylighting, and an all-electric forklift fleet.

Jaffar Dawood, Senior Vice President for UAE and Iraq Airport Operations at dnata, says, “Our new facility will incorporate cutting-edge technologies and the latest carbon reduction initiatives in design and operation, ensuring the highest level of operational and environmental efficiency for our customers. We stay committed to the Iraqi aviation industry and continue to invest in our operations to contribute to the development of Erbil as a regional cargo hub.”