dnata,a leading global air and travel services provider, is establishing its new U.S. headquarters in Orlando’s Lake Nona, a smart and connected community contiguous to Orlando International Airport (MCO). The state-of-the-art office will support the company’s U.S. operation that provides a range of ground, passenger, and cargo handling services to more than 60 airlines at 26 airports across the country. The new headquarters is expected to open in 2022.
“Our new, high-tech headquarters will ensure the continued efficiency of our U.S. operation and support our customer-oriented team of more than 3,000 aviation professionals throughout the nation,” said David Barker, dnata’s Divisional Senior Vice President for Airport Operations. “We’re excited for the opportunity to collaborate with other like-minded aviation innovators in Lake Nona while being minutes from MCO.”
A key component of Orlando’s aerotropolis, an airport-centric economic development region that harnesses the opportunities aerospace (airport/spaceport) can bring to a region, Lake Nona is attracting the world’s top aviation companies to collaborate in its innovative business environment. dnata joins fellow industry leaders SIMCOM Aviation and Training and BBA Aviation/Signature Flight Support, which also have headquarters in Lake Nona, and Lilium, which is building the country’s first vertiport network with a hub in Lake Nona.
Located in Lake Nona Town Center, the dnata headquarters will take up the entire top floor and assume the naming rights for Lake Nona’s newest Class-A office building located at 13495 Veterans Way. The office features the latest smart building technology including predictive-tinting windows from View. The fifth-floor space will house 50 dnata USA employees with room to grow. Employees include the executive team, functional heads, and all support functions such as payroll, finance, analytics, equipment, procurement, IT, and safety/training. The headquarters will also feature dnata’s “Training Centre of Excellence” which will be used for leadership training.
“dnata’s investment in a new, cutting-edge headquarters further positions Lake Nona as the preeminent destination for forward-thinking companies focused on the future of transportation,” said Tavistock Managing Director Ben Weaver. “We couldn’t be more excited that the home base for dnata’s robust U.S. operation will be here in Lake Nona.”
dnata USA’s customer-oriented team of more than 3,000 aviation professionals assists more than 18 million passengers, ensures the smooth operations of 60,000 flights, and handles 500,000 tons of cargo annually.