Dnata, one of the world’s largest air travel service providers, has secured RA3 certification for its ramp services at Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA), which is expected to improve its air cargo efficiency.
RA3 is short for “Third Country European Union Aviation Security Validated Regulated Agents,” a supply-chain security initiative of the European Union making transport of goods to the EU much easier.
Dnata is one of the first ramp operations providers in the country to receive the RA3 certification.
The certification, granted by EU-approved and trained validators, confirms that the procedures being implemented by the company are compliant with EU requirements, dnata said.
RA3 certification ensures the smooth transport of cargo to European Union destinations, improving efficiency and the flow of goods from Manila and the rest of the Philippines.
“With the RA3 certification, our customers can be confident their goods will arrive smoothly and securely at destinations throughout Europe,” said Margaret Yu, general manager of dnata’s operations in the Philippines.
She added that last year, dnata supported the transport of more than 11,000 tonnes of cargo.
“We work closely with our partners in Manila to ensure our services meet and exceed international standards,” she added.
With the RA3 certification, EU-member states recognize dnata’s operations in Manila as a regulated agent and security controls applied on its ramp services are of a standard acceptable to EU authorities.
For its customers, it means goods travelling to EU states are considered secure and will have fewer troubles reaching their final destinations.
The RA3 certification complements the global air cargo industry’s drive to meet the European Union’s ACC3 requirements—the final phase of which went into effect on 1 July 2014.
ACC3 is short for “Air Cargo or Mail Carrier operating into the Union from a Third Country Airport”.
In addition to its ramp services in Manila, dnata’s cargo facilities at Dubai International, Dubai World Central, Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi are also RA3 certified.
Established in 1959, dnata ensures that the aviation industry operates smoothly and efficiently in 75 airports. Offering ground handling, cargo, travel, and flight catering services in 38 countries across five continents, dnata is a trusted partner for over 250 airlines customers around the world.
Dnata entered the Southeast Asian airport service market in 1998 with its Manila operation . Today, the company provides full fledged services to a range of international carriers.
Every day, the company handles over 780 flights, carries over 4,390 tonnes of cargo, assists over 255,000 passengers, books over 15,000 hotel stays, and uplifts over 112,000 meals.