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DFW Takes Next Steps to Grow Cargo Presence

News Image Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is beginning a comprehensive redevelopment of the Airport’s 19th Street Cargo facility, which will enhance DFW’s ability to process international e-commerce and increase overall cargo capacity. The project will continue DFW’s growth in cargo operations while applying state-of-the-art technology that addresses labor shortages, airport congestion, and sustainability while increasing safety, efficiency, and security across the cargo ecosystem.

The 19th Street Cargo Redevelopment Project is slated for completion in late 2024 and will add approximately 350,000 square feet of new warehouse space and seven ADG VI (large cargo aircraft) parking positions. DFW will take an end-to-end leadership role throughout the life of the project, enabling the Airport to curate tenants that align with its long-term strategy and vision.

Following an exhaustive search for forward-looking tenants that value innovation, automation, and other emerging technologies, Menzies Aviation and dnata USA have been tentatively selected to operate new cargo warehouses that will be located at the 19th Street Cargo area. These operators, which are subject to final approval by the DFW Board of Directors, will join a future design-build contractor to create and operate this industry-leading facility.

“We selected these tenants for their commitment to excellence in cargo handling and their long-term business strategy, which supports our business priorities in developing DFW as a transit hub in the global supply chain connecting Asia and Latin America,” said John Ackerman, DFW’s Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Development. “This will also support our goal of being a hub for the fastest growing markets, including pharma and other perishables, as well as cross-border e-commerce.”

“We are looking forward to partnering with Dallas Fort Worth International Airport on this new cargo initiative, increasing our footprint at the airport as we already have a well-established cargo business. This new cargo opportunity will allow us to showcase our investment in innovation and make the new DFW cargo facility one of the most technologically advanced in North America,” said Robert Fordree, Executive Vice President of Cargo, Menzies Aviation.

David Barker, dnata’s Regional CEO Americas, said: “We are proud to have been selected to partner with DFW as they embark on this extensive redevelopment project. dnata continues to invest in cutting-edge, state-of-the-art technologies and digitization, to further enhance efficiencies across our operations. This includes the use of innovative autonomous drones in our existing warehouses at DFW. Our long-term commitment to sustainable operations, including the construction of new, LEED-certified buildings, also aligns with DFW’s plans for the 19th Street Cargo redevelopment. We look forward to working closely with DFW to ensure the project’s long-term success.”

About Menzies Aviation: 

Menzies Aviation is the leading service partner to the world’s airports and airlines, with operations on six continents, at 251 airports in 58 countries, serving more than 4 million flights a year and handling over 2 million tonnes of cargo. Supported by a team of over 38,000 highly trained people, the company provides complex and time-critical ground services, including passenger, lounge and ramp services; air cargo services, including handling, warehousing and wholesale freight forwarding; and fuel services, including fuel farm management and into-plane fuelling.

Menzies Aviation is recognized across the industry for delivering the safest, most secure and sustainable services tailored to customers’ needs and is essential to keeping passengers, aircraft and cargo moving, round the clock, every minute of every day. Menzies Aviation is headquartered in London, and since its founding in 1833, has become the largest aviation services group in the world by number of countries.

 About dnata: 

dnata offers ground handling, cargo, travel, catering, and retail services in 38 countries across six continents. In the first six months of the financial year 2022-23, dnata’s customer-oriented teams handled more than 347,000 aircraft turns, moved over 1.35 million tonnes of cargo, uplifted 50.5 million meals, and recorded a total transaction value (TTV) of travel services of US$ 1.3 billion.

About Dallas Fort Worth International Airport:

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) is one of the most connected airports in the world. Centered between owner cities Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport also serves as a major job generator for the North Texas region by connecting people through business and leisure travel. For more information, visit the DFW website or download the DFW Mobile App for iOS and Android devices.

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