Ground Handling

Cebu Pacific Air signs up dnata for further ground operations

By Edward Robertson

Cebu Pacific Air has signed a new contract with dnata to expand their Asian-Pacific partnership.

The airline has signed a new multi-year extension to its existing contract at Sydney Airport as well as signing up the ground handler to operate services at Melbourne Airport and Singapore Changi Airport.

Dnata will deliver ramp and passenger handling services at both of the newly agreed airports but will also support the airline’s cargo operations at Changi.

The Sydney extension will also see dnata continue to provide cargo services in Sydney.

Dirk Goovaerts, dnata’s regional CEO for Asia Pacific, said: “After five years of a successful partnership in Sydney, we are proud to become the ground handler of choice for Cebu Pacific Air at two additional airports in the region.

“These contract wins demonstrate our valued partner’s trust and confidence in our quality services, as well as the dedication and agility of our skilled team.

“We continue to work hard to consistently provide service excellence to CEB and their customers across the region.”

Cebu Pacific chief operations officer Michael Ivan Shau added: “As we continue working towards being a world-class airline, we are always on the lookout for transformative opportunities.

“Last year, we commenced a network-wide review of our supply chain arrangements, including our airport, ground and cargo handling contracts.

“As a result of these recent bids, we are pleased to commit a significant part of CEB’s ground handling business to dnata across the Asia Pacific region.

“We believe this move to consolidate contracts across the region with a trusted partner will further support our path towards recovery.”

Following the deal, dnata now handles 300 airline customers at 126 airports globally.