dnata predicts record-breaking summer for Dubai International Airport

Emirates Group services unit dnata predicts this summer to be “record-breaking” for Dubai International Airport, as it expects to handle more than 50,000 flights, 20 million passengers, and 30 million bags.

“This volume means the dnata teams at Dubai International Airport (DXB) will handle a flight every 80 seconds, on average,” dnata said in a statement.

Dnata’s efforts to boost its human resources come after Dubai International toppled London’s Heathrow as the world’s busiest airport in terms of international passengers last year.

The services company said that the people resources to turnaround a flight differ from one aircraft to another. A Boeing 737 airplane, for example, takes 16 people, while the world’s largest aircraft, the A380, takes at least 52 people. Emirates is the world’s largest operator of the A380 planes.

“In Dubai, we can turnaround a fully loaded aircraft in as little as 60 minutes,” said Jon Conway, divisional senior vice president.

Other than its ground handling operations, dnata is responsible for lounge services in both Dubai International Airport and Al Maktoum airport. The company expects 230,000 people to come to marhaba lounges at Dubai airports this summer.

Outside of Dubai, dnata offers ground handling services in 20 airports worldwide, serving 250 airports, it said in the statement.


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