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dnata invests in US catering operations, opens Houston facility

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dnata continues to invest in its catering operations in the United States and has opened a new 4,700 square metre facility at George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) and now offers catering services in Houston with a capacity of more than 10,000 meals a day.

dnata’s latest expansion will create more than 150 new jobs with the company. The launch customer is British Airways, which operates two daily flights from Houston.

dnata’s divisional senior vice president for its catering division, Robin Padgett said: “We are delighted to open another best-in-class catering facility at a major U.S. airport.

Robin Padgett

“Our expansion into Houston once again underlines our commitment to the United States, where we see excellent business opportunities for dnata.”

“In 2019 we will continue to enhance our operations in the country by investing in new facilities and growing our team with highly-skilled, local catering professionals.

“We look forward to providing quality services and products to an increasing number of airlines in the U.S. ensuring an exceptional dining experience for their passengers on each flight.”

dnata expanded in the US catering market in 2018 through the acquisition of 121 Inflight Catering. Besides Houston, dnata currently operates catering facilities at three US airports, in New York (JFK), Nashville (BNA) and Orlando (SFB), serving commercial, VIP and private aviation companies, fixed base operators and charter aircraft operators.

In 2019, dnata will further enhance its operations in the country opening four additional catering facilities at the airports of Boston (BOS), Los Angeles (LAX), Newark (EWR) and San Francisco (SFO).  By year-end, dnata will provide quality catering services at eight U.S. airports.

Over the past two years dnata has invested significantly in growing its global catering network. The company acquired Qantas Airways’ catering division and opened new catering facilities in Canberra and Melbourne in Australia, and Dublin in Ireland.

This year dnata will further increase its global footprint by establishing operations in Vancouver, Canada.

dnata’s catering team now operates from 63 locations in 11 countries, producing over 320,000 meals every day.