Dubai-based company Dnata is to acquire two of the UK’s leading airport ground handling operations.
December 3: Dubai-based company Dnata is to acquire two of the UK’s leading airport ground handling operations when it takes over Plane Handling Limited and Aviance Limited, both currently part of the Go-Ahead Group plc, from January 30.
Plane Handling currently provides cargo and ramp handling services at London Heathrow and cargo handling services at Manchester airports, while Aviance services passenger and ramp handling operations at Terminals 3 and 4 at Heathrow. It is understood that employees with both companies are accepting the take-overs and will be transferred.
These acquisitions, valued at £15m, mark Dnata’s entry into the airport handling business in the UK. It brings Dnata’s operating sites to 19 airports in eight countries, including Australia, China, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland as well as the UAE.
Go-Ahead is selling most of its UK aviation ground handling and cargo operations to concentrate on its core bus and rail functions. As well as the Dnata deal, it is selling its operations at eleven airports to Servisair UK Limited, only retaining responsibility for a small number of activities at Heathrow primarily to support remaining ground handling contracts at Terminal 1 into the first half of 2011.