Dnata, an air services provider, has partnered with ground handling and cargo warehouse company PT UNEX Rajawali Indonesia (UNEX) in an attempt to foray into the Indonesian aviation market.

This partnership also allows dnata to bolster its presence in the Asia Pacific region.

UNEX is based at Soekarno-Hatta International Airport (CGK), Jakarta.

The partnership will enable dnata and UNEX to improve ground handling capacity in Indonesia by jointly investing in facilities, equipment and training.

Furthermore, the collaboration will see the launch initially in Jakarta (CGK) followed by expansion to other Indonesian airports over the next years.

To support the partnership, dnata will assign senior operational and management staff.

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Dnata regional CEO for Asia-Pacific Dirk Goovaerts said: “We are thrilled to partner with UNEX to strengthen Soekarno-Hatta International Airport’s position as a regional hub.

“Dnata is globally known for our commitment to delivering the promises our customers make. We will work hard to ensure the highest standards of service and safety in Jakarta and, as we expand our operations, other airports in Indonesia.

“We look forward to a long-standing, successful partnership with UNEX, which we expect to bring significant benefits for airline customers.”

UNEX president director Budiman Tedja said: “We are excited to enter into a strategic partnership with dnata that has a strong brand reputation and execution track record as a leading air services provider.

“We believe dnata’s global experience and network, combined with our local expertise, will reinforce Indonesia’s position as regional aviation hub, promote industry best practices, and provide world class services to all stakeholders, including airlines, passengers, logistic providers, and Indonesian consumers.”

With more than 260 million citizens, Indonesia is the fourth largest country in the world in terms of population and the largest economy in South East Asia.

As it is an archipelago country with more than 17,000 islands, air travel is the preferred mode of transportation for both passenger and cargo across the nation.

Given the country’s expanding tourism economy, along with the fast-growing e-commerce market, the growth outlook for passenger services and the cargo logistics market in the country is promising.

Dnata operates at 13 airports in the Asia-Pacific region and provides ground handling, cargo and catering services to more than 80 airlines.

Meanwhile, in another South East Asian country and Indonesia’s neighbour Vietnam, a package of land was handed over for the first phase of the Long Thanh International Airport project to the Ministry of Transport by its province Dong Nai, reported En.vietnamplus.vn.

According to Dong Nai’s Department of Natural Resources and Environment director Dang Minh Duc, the land clearance for the priority area encompassing 1,810ha has been finished.

The People’s Committee of the province is now carrying out procedures to hand over almost 2,590ha of land to the Ministry of Transport for joint management.