dnata secures the ground handling contract for Roman Airport.

Airport Handling, a subsidiary primarily owned by dnata, a prominent global provider of air and travel services, has secured a seven-year ground handling license from Aeroporti di Roma and is set to establish operations at Rome Fiumicino Airport (FCO).

The company aims to commence operations in the Italian capital in the second quarter of 2024. Airport Handling is committed to delivering high-quality and secure ramp and passenger services to airlines in Rome, backed by an investment exceeding €20 million for the acquisition of new ground support equipment (GSE), including advanced electric vehicles.

With a locally recruited senior management team familiar with the Rome market, Airport Handling plans to employ over 1,800 customer-oriented aviation professionals at FCO.

This expansion into Rome solidifies Airport Handling’s position as a leading air services provider in Italy, complementing its existing operations at the Milan airports, Malpensa (MXP) and Linate (LIN), where it handles over 22 million passengers and 82,000 flights annually for more than 60 airlines.

Alberto Morosi, CEO of Airport Handling, expressed pride in securing the operating license through a competitive tender process, emphasizing that entering Rome Fiumicino aligns with the company’s growth strategy and commitment to enhancing operations consistently.

As a majority stakeholder in Airport Handling, dnata is a global player in the comprehensive air services industry, operating at over 120 airports worldwide. Apart from its ground handling business, dnata also provides catering and retail services at major Italian airports, including Rome Fiumicino.