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Baggage Handler

Ground Crew

About the role:

A team of baggage handlers will ensure that passengers’ bags are loaded and unloaded safely, efficiently and in good time from the aircraft. This helps ensure that the passenger turnaround can go as planned and the airport functions on schedule.

  • Career paths:
    "Level 1","Level 2"
  • Salary average:
    £15,000 - £20,000
  • Upskilling path:
    Academic (City & Guilds, Leicester College UK) Training (IATA)

Summary

As with all airport jobs, it is essential that the baggage handler team can work quickly and effectively to minimise delays, and to ensure that all the passengers get their correct luggage. Baggage handlers could also be tasked with loading and unloading commercial cargo items, helping to keep runways clear of debris or snow and de-icing an aircraft in winter. Although the job of a baggage handler may seem simple, it requires much attentiveness and efficiency as even small delays can quickly have an impact on the schedule at an airport. Therefore, they need to be able to work under time pressure and as part of a team. Most airport jobs, including baggage handler often require shift work because airports are active 24 hours a day. Many also work a ‘condensed week’ which means that the baggage handler may work three shifts of 12 hours rather than 5 shifts of 8 hours and then have three days off. The job of a baggage handler needs to be done regardless of the weather conditions. They should expect to have to work in the summer heat as well as the winter cold and rain. In any aviation role, safety is of paramount importance. Baggage handlers need to observe strict health and safety guidelines and training will be carried out on site once an employee has been recruited.

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