The 2011-2012 fiscal year brought record-breaking growth to FreightGate-8, dnata’s cargo terminal at Dubai World Central-Al Maktoum International Airport that opened in June 2010. dnata handled 127,665 tonnes of airfreight at FreightGate-8 during the 12-month period, a 700 percent, year-over-year, increase.
The cargo-handling company also saw exponential growth in the number of active freight flights it handled on the ramp and in FreightGate-8 during fiscal year 2011-2012. According to a press release, dnata assisted 2,832 flights during this period, a 600 percent increase from fiscal year 2010-2011.
One of these flights, in particular, will always stand out in the minds of the dnata team. The company recently handled a 95-tonne, purpose-built gas turbine en route to Nigeria — the heaviest piece of freight ever handled by any of the dnata FreightGate cargo terminals and ramp teams, according to the press release.
“It has been a year of records being set and then just as quickly being exceeded,” Stuart Hayman, vice president of cargo operations for dnata, said in a statement.
Other outsize cargo volumes handled by the dnata team in fiscal year 2011-2012 included a 25-tonne turbine generator and heavy vehicles weighing nearly 30 tonnes apiece. “The movement of these consignments has required specialized coordination with customers and a strong collaborative effort from both the dnata team and local authorities to ensure that the handling was managed efficiently and to the customers’ satisfaction,” according to the press release.
Hayman said the unique loads witnessed throughout the year led to the team’s adoption a new motto: “If it fits in to an airplane, then dnata’s FreightGate-8 and ramp operations teams can handle it safely and securely.”