Big plans, major investments: Gerry’s dnata aiming to strengthen foothold in Pakistan
Karachi, 06 October 2017 - Gerry’s dnata, the largest ground handler in Pakistan, recently launched a brand new marhaba lounge at Karachi airport. Earlier, they also commenced the construction of what is primed to become Pakistan’s largest cargo handling warehouse. These investments are only a snapshot of the endeavours the company has as part of its larger plan of strengthening their already strong foothold in Pakistan.
“This year we have invested extensively into innovative projects such as the marhaba Lounge and a state-of-the-art Import cargo warehouse facility at Karachi Airport,” said Syed Haris Raza, VP Gerry’s dnata. “marhaba Lounge has opened its door at Jinnah International Airport after 25 years of being operated in more than five locations worldwide. Now that this project has seen the daylight, our eyes are set on the import cargo warehouse.
“The warehouse is progressing steadily. We have achieved a significant scale of construction and expect to complete it by the end of this year. Operational stress testing will run in parallel while we manage cargo operations at the current facility. We are excited about its contribution to the local aviation industry and expect it to form the baseline for more developments.”
The new import cargo warehouse is expected to be completed later this year. This new facility within the grounds of Karachi airport will double the tonnage handling capacity to a whopping 72,000 from the current 36,000 sq. ft.
Raza outlined the company’s growth plans, saying that there are more projects to look forward to. “As part of the growth vision embedded in the very core of Gerry’s dnata, Ground Equipment Service deployment, marhaba Lounge and the new Import cargo warehouse are some of the projects we are greatly enthusiastic about.
“We are halfway through 2017 and 3 out of 4 remote stations of Gerry’s dnata, namely Multan, Faisalabad and Quetta, have already been empowered with new and highly efficient ground handling equipment. We have already made an investment of over USD 20 million over the last two years in infrastructure including the warehouse, new marhaba lounge and ground service equipment.”
He added that the extensive investment will translate into more efficient ground handling operations, leading to shorter ground time, improved on-time performance, and enhanced safety and security of on-ground resources.