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Pakistani firm wins Gulf Air ground handling contract

Pakistan's leading ground handling agent Gerry’s Dnata has won a multi-year contract by renowned airline Gulf Air, allowing the company to handle the airline's passenger and cargo services on seven airports across Pakistan.

Leading Pakistani ground handling agent Gerry’s Dnata has been awarded a multi-year contract by the national carrier of Bahrain Gulf air.

This will allow Gerry’s Gnata to provide quality and safe passenger and cargo handling services to Gulf Air on all the major airports in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Multan, and Faisalabad, International Transport Journal reported.

It is worth mentioning that the ground handling agency has expanded its operations across the company, with recent investment in facilities, equipment, training, and technology.

These include a 6,700 square meter cargo center at Karachi Airport which is GDP-certified and is equipped with modern technologies capable of handling all kinds of cargo efficiently.

Gerry’s Dnata has also opened a new export cargo terminal at LHE, nearly tripling its local cargo handling capacity to support increasing fruit export from the region, the statement read.

Syed Haris Raza, chief executive of Gerry’s dnata, commented: “We are proud to be the ground handler of choice for Gulf Air in Pakistan. We consistently invest in infrastructure, cutting-edge technologies, and training to deliver the best possible services for our customers.”

“Our new contract is a vote of confidence in our quality offering, and a testament to our team’s hard work and commitment to safety and service excellence. We look forward to a long-standing partnership with the airline,” he added.

Gerry’s dnata has won 10 handling contracts over the last 18 months and now serves more than 30 airline customers at seven Pakistani airports.

It is worth mentioning that the company is one of the six ground handling agents registered with the Civil Aviation Authority, including PIA, Shaheen Airport Services, Royal Airport Services, Askari Aviation, Services, Air Blue Limited, and Gerry’s Dnata itself.

The company was formed because of a joint venture between Gerry’s and Dnata in 1993 (a first movers’ advantage at the time) culminating in becoming the largest ground handling agent in Pakistan with a 70 percent market share.

Gerry’s Dnata has recently been recognized for its industry-leading health & safety risk assessment and control procedures at the 7th International Environment, Health & Safety Awards.

Syed Haris Raza, vice president of Gerry’s dnata, said: “Safety is a fundamental, uncompromising tenet of our business, and one of our six corporate values. We’ve integrated safety in all aspects of our operations and engage our people at all levels of the organization in continuous improvement.

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The International Environment, Health & Safety Awards are organized by the Professionals Network with the aim of honoring leadership and best practices across various industries in Pakistan. The awards are supported by the Pakistan Safety Council (PSC).