dnata joins the group of ALTA affiliate members

dnata is the first global ground handling company that joins ALTA

Panama, May 20, 2019 – The Latin American and Caribbean Air Transport Association (ALTA) is pleased to announce the arrival of dnata as its most recent affiliate member.

dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers. Offering quality and safe ground handling, cargo and catering services, the company currently operates at 127 airports in 19 countries. A trusted partner for over 300 airline customers, dnata handles 700,000 flights, moves 3.1 million tons of cargo and prepares 117 million meals annually.

In Latin America, dnata provides ramp, passenger handling and security services to more than 30 airlines at 26 Brazilian airports. The company’s customer-oriented team in the country consists of over 4,000 local aviation professionals, who ensure the smooth operations of more than 220,000 flights a year.

“Having members with such trajectory and impact on global air transport as dnata is an honour for ALTA. Latin America and the Caribbean represent today 8% of global aviation and have prospects of doubling passenger traffic in the next 10 years. We are convinced that the great growth opportunities for the aviation industry are in this region and this growth will be possible with the joint work of all aviation stakeholders and governments. Within this scenario, dnata is the first large group of ground handling associating with ALTA. The expertise and value that dnata will bring with its arrival to the association will be essential to achieve this objective and, subsequently, generate important benefits to the economic and social growth of Latin America and the Caribbean”, said Luis Felipe de Oliveira, ALTA’s Executive Director and CEO.

“We are delighted to join ALTA, a prestigious industry organization in one of our key markets”, said Janis Balkens, CEO New & Emerging Markets, dnata. “Our membership underlines our commitment to Latin America, where we have made significant investments in our operations in recent years. It will help us strengthen our cooperation and share our expertise with key stakeholders, which we expect to contribute to the development of the aviation industry in the region. We look forward to a successful partnership with ALTA and its members”.

About dnata
dnata is one of the world’s largest air services providers. Established in 1959, the company ensures the aviation industry operates smoothly and efficiently in 127 airports. Offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services in 63 countries across six continents, dnata is a trusted partner for over 300 airline customers around the world. Each day, the company handles over 1,900 flights, moves over 8,500 tons of cargo, books over 16,000 hotel stays, and uplifts over 320,000 meals.
Media contact:
Gabor Vasarhelyi / +971 4708 2144 / gabor.vasarhelyi@dnata.com

About ALTA
ALTA is a private non-profit association serving the airline industry whose objective is to develop a safer, more efficient, and sustainable aviation in Latin America and the Caribbean. ALTA coordinates collaborative efforts throughout the entire value chain maximizing the impact that aviation has on the economic and social growth of the region for the benefit of industry, nations, and populations served by air transport.


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