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dnata drives growth at Emirates Group

Dubai: dnata, Emirates Group’s combined air service provider, reported a 13 per cent increase in profit to Dh458 million for the first half of the 2013-14 fiscal year on Tuesday.

dnata provides aircraft ground handling, cargo, travel and flight catering services in 38 countries.

dnata’s performance has driven profit and revenue at the Emirates Group, according to a press release, with revenue, including other operating income, up 18 per cent to Dh3.7 billion for the first six months of the fiscal year.

The combined air service provider has witnessed growth across its operations with the in-flight catering division contributing Dh891 of total revenue. The number of meals uplifted have risen by 81 per cent compared to last year to Dh22.4 million.

Emirates Group said that much of the increase was due to the acquisition of Servair in Italy earlier this year.

Revenue from dnata’s travel services operation contributed Dh303 million and its cargo handling operations grew 4 per cent to Dh546 million.