Air, Freight News

Handler extends Heathrow site – updated

[ April 12, 2022   //   ]

Dubai handling company dnata has extended off-airport cargo centre at London Heathrow airport with a 10,500sq m Phase II extension to its existing 22,500sq m Phase 1 facility which opened in September 2019.

It forms part of the company’s ‘dnata City East’ complex which dnata says is by far  the largest off-site cargo handling operation at Heathrow.

Dnata will handle all Virgin Atlantic Cargo and Delta Cargo freight at dnata City East with exports remaining at the Phase I facility while the new Phase II site will cater for imports, significantly increasing handling capacity.

Both facilities offer carbon reduction initiatives, including the use of solar PV panels, air-source heat pumps and electric vehicle charging. 

Site developer AIPUT fund (Airport Industrial Property Unit Trust) confirmed the dnata campus was not only the largest off-airport cargo handling operation at Heathrow but one of the largest pre-lets in west London

It added that demand for the very best sustainable industrial space in gateway locations throughout Greater London has accelerated throughout 2021 and early 2022, driven by the Covid recovery but also in response to Brexit and global supply chain issues. “West London is virtually fully occupied, with vacancy levels of Grade A industrial space in this area at historic low levels of less than 3%,” said AIPUT.