Air services provider dnata has expanded its operations in the UK by deploying ground handling services at Manchester International Airport (MAN).
The company has hired 110 new employees, doubling its workforce at the airport.
Dnata's ground handling operations started at the airport last week with three of Emirates' daily flights. It will add Cathay Pacific's four weekly flights from Hong Kong by December.
With MAN, dnata has expanded its presence in the UK to seven of the region's busiest airports this year.
Dnata UK operations CEO Gary Morgan said: "The UK's regional hubs are vital connectors of people and cargo.
"We had already moved to a larger refurbished cargo handling facility at Manchester Airport earlier this year, and the addition of ground handling services is a vote of confidence in dnata's services and safety record."
Dnata has invested approximately £2m in facilities, technology and equipment to deliver ground handling services at the airport.
The company will use an array of support equipment to handle passengers and baggage for its airline customers at MAN that handles around 21 million passengers annually.
Manchester Airports Group (MAG) chief operating officer Andrew Cowan said: "We welcome dnata's investment into their operation at Manchester and are confident they will continue to grow their services, as we also continue to add passenger numbers and more routes at the airport."
Dnata currently handles ground and cargo traffic at London Heathrow and cargo at Manchester, Glasgow, Birmingham, East Midlands, Newcastle and Gatwick airports.
Image: Manchester International Airport will take the help of dnata for its ground handling services. Photo: courtesy of Arpingstone.