dnata to boost Zürich Airport cargo capacity by 50%

dnata to boost Zürich Airport cargo capacity by 50%
Construction of the facility has already begun and is scheduled for completion by 2027 (Image credit: dnata)

dnata will boost its cargo handling capacity at Zürich Airport by 50 per cent in response to continued solid demand across its operations.

Having signed a lease agreement with the airport authority, the cargo handler is to operate its new 9,500m² advanced warehouse facility as the sole occupant.

Construction of the facility has already begun and is scheduled for completion by 2027.

The new Rächtenwisen warehouse will provide 20 docking ramps for trucks and separate areas for the handling of import and export processes, as well as hazardous goods.

It will also include temperature-controlled areas for sensitive products such as pharmaceuticals and other perishable items.

In line with dnata’s group target to reduce its global carbon emissions and waste to landfill by 50 per cent by 2030, the airport also plans to install solar PV panels to the roof of the landside building.

Wily Ruf, managing director of dnata Switzerland, said: “We are delighted to have secured this new facility in partnership with Zürich Airport.

“Our cargo business continues to grow, and this warehouse will ensure that we go beyond the demands of our customers, providing them with our best-in-class ground and cargo handling services.

“We will continue to invest in people, infrastructure and equipment to take our business to the next level in Switzerland.”

dnata currently operates at two Swiss airports, Zürich and Geneva, providing a range of ground handling and cargo services to more than 30 airlines with 1,100 customer-oriented employees.

The company has recently rolled out its advanced OneCargo system across its cargo operations in Switzerland.

OneCargo automates key business and operational functions, including safety and quality monitoring, reporting and ULD management, with an integrated, cloud-based platform.

AI-driven tools and analytics provide enhanced visibility on sales and business performance, allowing customers to match real-time demand with available capacity for maximum profitability, according to dnata.

In addition, the handler said, OneCargo eliminates all redundancies and manual check sheets, substantially improving operational efficiency.

In the 2022-23 financial year, dnata’s team moved more than 60,000 tonnes of cargo in Geneva and Zürich.