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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.


  • 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.

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.

Current Vacancies

Assembly Operative
Flint - Proactive Personnel Ltd Chester - 20 Apr 2018
Assembly Operative
Deeside - Proactive Personnel Ltd Chester - 13 Apr 2018
Assembly Operative
Deeside - Proactive Personnel Ltd Chester - 28 Mar 2018
Production Assembly Operative
Corwen - Recruit4staff (Wrexham) Ltd - 16 Apr 2018

What could I earn?

Salaries for this occupation tend to be around

£31,000 per annum

Is it in growth or decline?

There are currently 1,883 employed Air Transport Operatives in the region.

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