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Air transport operatives

Average National Salaries (2020)

Age 20

£18,200 pile of coins

Age 35

£28,080 pile of coins

Age 50

£30,160 pile of coins
Average salary in the East Midlands: £22,360

What does this career do?

Air transport operatives refuel, load and unload aircraft, direct the movement of aircraft at airports, and positions gangways or staircases to allow passengers to board and disembark aircraft.

Typical tasks

  • refuels aircraft from mobile tankers
  • directs the ground movement of aircraft at airports
  • loads and unloads conveyor belts to transport luggage between terminal buildings and aircraft, monitors conveyor belts and clears any blockages
  • loads aircraft with luggage, in-flight meals, refreshments and other items
  • operates retractable gangway or positions mobile staircases to enable passengers and crew to board and disembark aircraft.

Current entry requirements

There are no formal academic entry requirements, though employers may require entrants to possess GCSEs/S grades for some posts. Training is provided off- and on-the-job. NVQs/SVQs in Providing Airside Ramp Operations are available at Level 2.

Percentage in work

  • Employed

  • Unemployed

Male
(2020)
Female
(2017)

Due to insufficient sample sizes, some data was excised.

Predicted employment status in 2022

  • Part-time

  • Self Employed

  • Full-time

Predicted employment levels in the East Midlands

Career related courses available at West Notts

About the statistics

Data is powered by LMI for All and is sourced from labour market statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), the Institute for Employment Research, the Department for Works and Pensions, and the UK Commission for Employment and Skills.

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