Major investment in Zanzibar aviation industry announced.
dnata recently signed a concession agreement with the Government of Zanzibar, along with Emirates Leisure Retail and SEGAP, a joint venture between airport infrastructure and operations specialists Egis, and private equity fund manager AIIM.
Under the partnership, dnata will oversee the operations of Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport’s (ZNZ) newly-built international terminal (T3), with SEGAP supporting the Zanzibar Airports Authority (ZAA) in a management capacity.
dnata will provide its globally renowned, quality ground and passenger handling services to airline customers at ZNZ, ensuring safe and timely operations of flights and an excellent travel experience for passengers. dnata expects to handle over 4,000 flights annually at the airport.
dnata will also invest in a state-of-the-art cargo centre to establish cargo operations at the airport, supporting local trade and businesses. dnata’s expansion into Zanzibar represents an investment of over US$ 7mn and will create up to 400 direct local jobs with the company.
“We are confident that our investment in the local aviation industry will stimulate tourism and trade, delivering significant benefits for Zanzibar businesses and the local community,” noted Steve Allen, EVP dnata and Chairman, Emirates Leisure Retail and MMI.
“We look forward to expanding our global footprint in facilitating trade and investment via our increased handling capacity for both passenger and air cargo operations,” remarked Dr Hussein Ali Mwinyi, President of Zanzibar and Chairman of the Revolutionary Council.
“This is an important step that opens great partnership possibilities with Zanzibar, where we are prepared to consider further investment in airport infrastructure development,” commented Christian Laugier, CEO-Sales, Egis.