UAE-based air services provider Dnata has received a three-year contract from Lufthansa Group for operation expansion work at Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
Under the contract, Dnata will be responsible for ground and passenger handling, aircraft cleaning and de-icing services for Lufthansa, Swiss International Air Lines, Austrian Airlines and Brussels Airlines.
These airlines handle a total of six daily flights from IAD.
Following the contract win, Dnata has appointed 125 aviation personnel and made a $4m equipment investment.
Dnata currently caters to 14 airlines at IAD, where it oversees 5,200 aircraft movements each year.
Since 2016, the air services provider has invested over $50m in equipment, facilities, technology and training in the US.
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Dnata US CEO David Barker said: “The airlines of Lufthansa Group all share our passion for safety, quality and service excellence, and we are proud to be their ground handler of choice at nine airports in the US.
“We keep investing in our team, infrastructure and equipment to cement our leading position and continually provide the best possible services to all of our over 60 airline customers in the world’s largest aviation market.”
Lufthansa Group Commercial Airport Infrastructure director Holger Bremes said: “Lufthansa and Austrian Airlines are excited to grow the North American relationship with Dnata at Washington Dulles International Airport.
“With our very positive service experience from destinations like BOS, LAX, SFO and JFK, we are looking forward to providing first-class service to our customers with our handling partner at Washington Dulles.”
This May, Dnata was chosen by Lufthansa to handle its new Frankfurt flight at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Texas.
Last November, Dnata launched operations at Los Angeles International Airport.
In 2017, Dnata was selected to provide ground handling services at John F Kennedy International Airport Terminal 4.