Dnata and Cebu Pacific Air (CEB) expand their long-standing partnership in Asia Pacific with Sydney, Melbourne, and Singapore.
In addition to the multi-year extension of an existing contract at Sydney Airport (SYD), dnata has been selected to provide a range of ground handling services to the airline at Melbourne Airport (MEL) and Singapore Changi Airport (SIN).
In Melbourne and Singapore, dnata will deliver ramp and passenger handling services, while also supporting the carrier’s cargo operations in Singapore. The Sydney contract extension will see dnata continue to provide cargo services to the airline at SYD.
Dirk Goovaerts, dnata’s Regional CEO for Asia Pacific, says: “After five years of a successful partnership in Sydney, we are proud to become the ground handler of choice for Cebu Pacific Air at two additional airports in the region.
“These contract wins demonstrate our valued partner’s trust and confidence in our quality services, as well as the dedication and agility of our skilled team,” Goovaerts adds.
Michael Ivan Shau, chief operations officer at Cebu Pacific, says: “As we continue working towards being a world-class airline, we are always on the lookout for transformative opportunities.”
Shau highlights that last year, Cebu Pacific commenced a network-wide review of its supply chain arrangements, including its airport, ground, and cargo handling contracts.
“As a result of these recent bids, we are pleased to commit a significant part of CEB’s ground handling business to dnata across the Asia Pacific region. We believe this move to consolidate contracts across the region with a trusted partner will further support our path towards recovery.”
Dnata operates at 126 airports globally, serving over 300 airline customers. In the Asia Pacific region dnata provides ground handling, cargo, and catering services to more than 80 airlines at 14 airports in four countries, including Australia, Singapore, Indonesia, and the Philippines.
Low-cost carrier, Cebu Pacific and its wholly-owned subsidiary Cebgo, fly to 36 domestic and 25 international destinations, with over 100 routes. The CEB network operates flights out of seven strategically placed hubs in the Philippines: Clark, Davao, Cagayan de Oro, Kalibo, Cebu, Iloilo, and Manila.
The Cebu Pacific fleet comprises 73 aircraft — seven A321NEO, five A320NEO, seven A321CEO, 25 A320, seven A330, six ATR 72-500, 13 ATR 72-600, one A330 Freighter, and two ATR 72-500F Freighters. CEB boasts of one of the youngest fleets in the world, with an average fleet age of five years. The carrier also has orders for nearly 50 aircraft including 16 A330-900s expected to be delivered between 2023 and 2025.