Dnata records 23pc surge in profit

DUBAI - Dnata, part of Emirates Group, and the largest ravel management services company in the UAE, broke more records, registering healthy growth across its three main departments.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 29 Apr 2004, 9:39 AM

Last updated: Wed 1 Apr 2015, 11:54 PM

Now in its 45th year of existence, Dnata, the sole ground-handling agent at Dubai International Airport, recorded a profit growth of 23 per cent to Dh174 million on a turnover of Dh1.1 billion, which is 14 per cent above the year before.

Dnata Agencies, the largest travel agency in the Middle East, saw year-on-year revenue - as well as tickets issued - rise by 12 per cent.

Dnata Airport Operations handled over 19 million passengers - 2.7 million or 16 per cent more than the year before. It also supported 110 scheduled international airlines operating to Dubai International Airport (five more than in 2002-03) and almost 80,000 aircraft movements an increase of 15 per cent.

Dnata Cargo handled nearly 406 thousand tonnes an increase of 16 per cent (excluding perishable goods handling, transferred to the dedicated cargo handling facility of Emirates SkyCargo) - while its customer portfolio at its Freezone

Logistics Centre (FLC) grew to more than 40 airlines.

Emirates' Destination and Leisure Management (D&l~M) division - which encompasses the wholesale tour-operator Emirates Holidays, the destination management company Arabian Adventures, and the Al Maha Desert Resort & Spa registered a I 7 per cent increase in clients from last year, to over 240,000.

With sustained growth in both inbound and outbound bookings, D&LM'5 sales revenue grew a vigorous 26 per cent to Dh585 million, while unit costs shrank by eight per cent.

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