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Dnata Secures Multi-Year Ground Handling Contract

Dnata and Azul Airlines strengthen partnership with multi-year deal.

Azul’s first A330-900neo at the gate in Sao Paulo. (Photo: AirlineGeeks | João Machado)

Dnata, a leading global air and travel services provider, has secured a multi-year contract with Azul Airlines at Orlando International Airport (MCO), further solidifying its presence in the Florida travel hub. This strategic partnership not only expands Dnata’s service portfolio in Orlando but also strengthens its long-standing collaboration with Azul Airlines.

“We are delighted to welcome Azul Airlines, a valued customer in South America, to Orlando,” said David Barker, Dnata’s Regional CEO of Airport Operations – Americas, in a press release. “This new contract strengthens our long-standing partnership, which was recently recognized by Azul’s PEXX award for Best Punctuality. We remain committed to providing the highest levels of quality and safety to Azul and its passengers.”

Under the agreement, Dnata will provide ramp services for Azul’s twice-daily flights between Orlando and Recife, Brazil. Dnata’s team of 150 in Orlando will play a crucial role in ensuring the efficient and safe handling of over 600 Azul flights annually, the company noted.

The collaboration between Dnata and Azul Airlines began in 2016. Since then, their partnership has expanded, currently spanning 22 airports across Brazil and the United States.

A Major Player in the U.S. Market

Dnata’s presence in the U.S. extends far beyond its new partnership with Azul Airlines. The company boasts a suite of services, including ground handling, logistics, and cargo solutions to over 70 airlines across the nation. In the past financial year (2023-24), the company handled a remarkable volume – over 60,000 flights, 18 million passengers, and a staggering 200,000 tons of cargo within the U.S. alone.

Established in 1959, Dnata has grown into a global leader in air and travel services. The company offers a wide portfolio, encompassing ground handling, cargo, travel, catering, and retail services across more than 30 countries on six continents.

Tolga Karadeniz


  • Tolga Karadeniz

    Tolga is a dedicated aviation enthusiast with years of experience in the industry. From an early age, his fascination with aviation went beyond a mere passion for travel, evolving into a deliberate exploration of the complex mechanics and engineering behind aircraft. As a writer, he aims to share insights , providing readers with a view into the complex inner workings of the aviation industry.

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