One of the world's largest air services providers, dnata, has announced the setting up of its newest airline catering facility at Dublin Airport, which will create 60 new jobs.

The company, which prepares more than 320,000 meals every day for more than 190 airlines, is part of the Emirates Group. 

Dnata's newest facility will focus on catering for premium, long-haul carriers.

At full capacity, the company will employ 60 people including chefs, operations managers, logistics managers, drivers, stores and health and safety staff.

Dnata said that 2016-2017 was the company's most profitable period in its 58 year history as profits passed the $330m mark for the first time, with revenue up 15% to $3.3 billion.  

The company employs more than 40,000 people around the world, and its international business - outside of Dubai - accounts for 66% of its revenue.

Gary Chapman, president of dnata, said it is just a matter of time before passenger traffic through Dublin Airport reaches the 30 million mark. 

"In Dublin, we have identified a really strong opportunity to provide the growing number of long-haul carriers, and their customers, with great-tasting, high quality in-flight meals," Mr Chapman said. 

"We see this as a real vote of confidence in the Irish market, which we will support further by sourcing from local food producers and suppliers," he added.