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

New workers start around £13,013. Normal pay is £27,208 per year.
Highly experienced workers can earn up to £43,365.

Available jobs

In the past year there were 11,583 vacancies for this type of job


Projected job growth over the next 8 years

Related courses

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

What they do most days?

  • X-rays cargo and luggage.

  • 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.

  • Responds to emergencies or incidents on the airfield and completes runway inspections.

  • 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.

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPIs)

  • Airport Security

  • Restaurant Operation

  • Resourcing

  • Auditing

  • Load Management

  • Manual Handling

  • Operations Management

  • Aviation

  • Carpentry

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.

  • Customer Service

  • English Language

  • Communication

  • Operations

  • Management

  • Positivity

  • Loading And Unloading

  • Enthusiasm

  • Sales

  • Teamwork

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.