Air Transport Operatives

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.


New workers
£ 10,160
£ 25,138
£ 39,374

Available jobs

In the past year there were 15,316 vacancies for this type of job

Related courses

People work towards these careers by taking these courses at college and uni.

What they do most days?

  • Operates retractable gangway or positions mobile staircases to enable passengers and crew to board and disembark aircraft.

  • Loads aircraft with luggage, in-flight meals, refreshments and other items.

  • Loads and unloads conveyor belts to transport luggage between terminal buildings and aircraft, monitors conveyor belts and clears any blockages.

  • Directs the ground movement of aircraft at airports.

  • Refuels aircraft from mobile tankers.

Hard Skills

Hard skills are specific, learnable, measurable, often industry or occupation-specific abilities related to a position.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Numeracy

  • Risk Management

  • Asset Management

  • Chainsaws

  • Mitigation

  • Hand Tools

  • Power Tool Operation

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • Business Requirements

  • Manual Handling

Soft Skills

Soft skills can be self-taught and usually do not necessitate a certain completed level of education.

Skills are ranked based on the number of job adverts that list them as required skills.

  • Operations

  • Communications

  • Customer Service

  • Willingness To Learn

  • Literacy

  • Management

  • Loading And Unloading

  • Sales

  • English Language

  • People Management

How do I get a job like this?

People in these types of job started their career paths after studying courses like the ones below.