Dnata Acquires Two Airport Handling Operations in UK

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Dnata is acquiring two of the UKs leading ground handling operations. One is Plane Handling Ltd., which is currently part of the Go-Ahead Group plc. It provides cargo and ramp handling services at London Heathrow Airport and cargo handling services at Manchester Airport. The other operation Dnata is acquiring is the passenger and ramp handling operations at Terminal 3 and 4 at London Heathrow Airport from Aviance Ltd, which is also part of the Go-Ahead Group plc.

These acquisitions, which are valued at 15m, mark Dnata's entry into the airport handling business in the UK and are consistent with its strategy of developing an international network of outstanding quality and service. The transaction is expected to be completed on 30 January 2010.

With these acquisitions, Dnata will now be operating at 19 airports in eight countries, including Australia, China, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, Switzerland as well as the UAE.

Gary Chapman, President, Dnata, said, We are very pleased to add Heathrow and Manchester to our growing international network. These businesses already provide an outstanding quality of service to their airline customers in the UK and will be a perfect fit with our businesses in Dubai, Singapore, Switzerland, Australia and at other points across the globe.

Robert Williams, Managing Director of Plane Handling, who will assume responsibility for both business units, said, Our management and employees enjoy the full confidence of our new shareholder and Dnata is eager to work with the current management team. We are extremely excited about the future for both our employees and our customers.

Plane Handling and Aviances Terminal 3 and 4 operations provide airline and cargo handling to over 20 airlines at Heathrow and Manchester with key customers including Virgin Atlantic Airways, Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Etihad Airways, Jet Airways, Qantas, Air New Zealand and Emirates.

The combined businesses employ around 1,600 staff across the two airports and offer the full range of handling activities including passenger services, baggage, ramp, load control, communications and cargo.

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