Sunday 18 February 2018

New catering facility opens at Dublin Airport creating 60 jobs

Dnata president Gary Chapman and senior VP of international catering Robin Padgett launching the new catering facility at Dublin Airport yesterday. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Dnata president Gary Chapman and senior VP of international catering Robin Padgett launching the new catering facility at Dublin Airport yesterday. Photo: Naoise Culhane
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

A new flight catering facility from air services provider dnata has opened at Dublin Airport.

The latest service from the firm, which is part of the Emirates Group, is expected to create 60 new jobs. Roles include  chefs, operations managers, logistics managers, drivers, stores and health and safety staff.

The facility, which adds to over 60 dnata catering locations globally including in Cork, will focus on premium, long-haul carriers, supplying up to 4,000 meals daily.

The provider prepares more than 320,000 meals every day for more than 190 airlines, and has been awarded Best Caterer by some of the world’s leading airlines.

President at dnata Gary Chapman said the development is "a real vote of confidence in the Irish market, which we will support further by sourcing from local food producers and suppliers".

“We work with chefs and teams from around the world with diverse expertise.  This means we understand the culinary needs of our airline customers’ equally diverse range of passengers, and can cater to a raft of palates and dietary requirements including Halal, Indian, Chinese and of course, Irish," he said.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said that dnata’s arrival at Dublin Airport is a hugely positive addition, "not only to the Dublin community but also to the Irish economy".

Profits at dnata crossed the $330m mark for the first time in its most recent full financial year, with revenue up 15pc to $3.3bn.

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